DEA Must Divulge National Data In Opioid MDL, Judge Rules

Law360 (May 8, 2018, 9:08 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration must disclose nationwide data on opioid sales as part of multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis, an Ohio federal judge ruled Tuesday, saying it will expand on state information that has been "extremely informative" for plaintiffs' lawyers.

The order from U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster will require the DEA to hand over detailed transactional data about sales of prescription opioids from 2006 through 2014 for the entire country. It will also force the DEA to produce reports about opioid orders that were suspicious because of their size, frequency or pattern.

Tuesday's order builds on a...

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