Teva To Pay $1.6M To Resolve Calif. Counties' Opioid Suit

By John Kennedy (May 25, 2017, 6:42 PM EDT) -- Teva Pharmaceuticals Inc. will pay $1.6 million for substance abuse treatment to resolve a lawsuit brought in state court by two California counties over allegedly misleading marketing practices involving opioid painkillers, according to media reports Thursday.

The deal, which is subject to approval by an Orange County judge, ends a lawsuit brought by Santa Clara and Orange counties in 2014 claiming that Teva and other drugmakers misrepresented the "dangerously addictive nature" of opioids. The agreement also covers Cephalon Inc., a Teva subsidiary.

In addition to the cash, Teva is also required to stop promoting opioid painkillers for off-label use, to refrain...

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