State AGs Open Probe Into Opioid Drugmakers

Law360, New York (June 15, 2017, 8:29 PM EDT) -- Attorneys general throughout the U.S. have launched a joint investigation into how drugmakers might have contributed to the country’s opioid epidemic, the latest indication that pharmaceutical companies are being increasingly scrutinized as the crisis worsens.

The probe will focus on whether drugmakers’ marketing and sales tactics have prolonged an epidemic that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates killed more than 33,000 people in 2015. The bipartisan group, comprised of attorneys general from the majority of states, will use resources including subpoenas for documents and testimony during its investigation.

“I want to know whether drug companies, seeking higher profits, have...

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