California Counties Go After Big Pharma

Scott Glover and Lisa Girion report in the Los Angeles Times, that two California counties, Orange County and Santa Clara (Silicon Valley), have filed a lawsuit against five of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, alleging big pharma has acted like a pusher, “causing the nation’s prescription drug epidemic by waging a “campaign of deception” aimed at boosting sales of potent painkillers such as OxyContin.”

The newspaper reports that the lawsuit is “reminiscent of the legal attack against the tobacco industry…”

Glover and Girion report that the “100-page lawsuit brought on behalf of the entire state seeks compensation for the damages allegedly caused by the drugs, as well as a court order forcing the companies to forfeit revenue based on the contested marketing campaign.”

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