States Sue Opioid Distributors Over Rising Cost of Health Insurance

Opioid lawsuits have been filed by cities, states and other groups over the past several years. However, this latest proposed class-action lawsuit filed last week takes a different approach to the issue. The suits, filed in five states, allege that opioid manufacturers and distributors are partially to blame for the increase in health insurance costs over the past two decades, in relation to the opioid epidemic.

The lawsuits were filed in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, on behalf of individuals and businesses who have had to purchase health insurance at these elevated rates. The suits name Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, McKesson, Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

What Do the Lawsuits Say?

The plaintiffs allege that the named distributors engaged in misconduct, and failure to prevent “the rampant diversion of opioids.” They also claim that drugmakers ignored their products’ addictive qualities and misled prescribers and patients. Moreover, they allege that the resulting opioid epidemic has raised the cost of health insurance across the board.

“This lawsuit is an important reminder that the cost of the opioid crisis is far-reaching and affects us all,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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