Facing $50B Trial, Drugmakers Minimize Roles In Opioid Sales
By Emily Field and Jeff Overley (April 20, 2021, 10:48 PM EDT) -- Allergan PLC on Tuesday downplayed its Golden State opioid sales, echoing the strategies of fellow drugmaker defendants from the day before in a closely watched trial where major California counties are seeking $50 billion over the addiction epidemic.
Donna Welch of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, counsel for Allergan, said during the livestreamed bench trial that the company was responsible for one brand-name opioid, Kadian, from 2009 until it was taken off the market in 2020, and that its market share during that time was minuscule — less than a fraction of 1%.
In addition, Allergan stopped marketing the drug in 2012,...
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