Pharma Cos. Sued Over Children Born Addicted To Opioids

Law360 (November 16, 2018, 9:46 PM EST) -- A proposed class of ill children hit more than 20 pharmaceutical companies with a suit alleging the companies sought to expand the market for opioids to increase their profits while ignoring regulations intended to keep opioids out of the black market.

Jodi Shaffer, caretaker of one of the ill children, launched the 95-page complaint Thursday in West Virginia federal court on behalf of children born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, in which infants who become addicted to drugs in the womb suffer from withdrawal.

"We think that children who are truly the most innocent victims of the opioid scourge need to be...

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