The state of Ohio launched a legal left hook Wednesday with a lawsuit aimed directly at Big Pharma and five of the biggest prescription painkiller manufacturers.
The state's lawsuit accuses the firms — Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Allergan, Purdue Pharma, Endo and Cephalon — of "borrowing a page from Big Tobacco's playbook" and downplaying the risks of using powerful drugs like OxyContin and Percocet.
"We believe the evidence will also show that these companies got thousands and thousands of Ohioans — our friends, our family members, our co-workers, our kids — addicted to opioid pain medications," Attorney General Mike DeWine declared. "These drug manufacturers knew what they were doing was wrong, but they continued to do it anyway."
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