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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $572 million in opioid trial

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $572 million in opioid trial

An judge ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay the state of Oklahoma roughly $572 million in a ruling. It’s the first ruling to hold a pharmaceutical company responsible for the opioid crisis. The state had asked claimed around $17 billion. The judge found the drugmaker liable for only about 1/30 of that.

Chris
Chris
Zreak
Zreak 1 year

I'm not well versed in the politics behind healthcare and pharmaceutical companies so I have a question maybe someone more knowledgeable on the subject can answer. How is the pharmaceutical company liable in this instance? These drugs are prescriptions so shouldn't the doctors be the ones in trouble for over prescribing the drugs? Are the pharmaceutical companies giving the doctors kickbacks or something for prescribing their drugs? If not, I dont understand how the pharmaceutical company could get in trouble for advertising their product.

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