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An Israel-based pharmaceutical company has signed a $ 85 million settlement agreement with the state of Oklahoma over its alleged role in combating the opioid crisis.
Mike Hunter, Attorney General of Oklahoma, accused Teva Pharmaceuticals of causing public nuisance through the manufacture and commercialization of opioids. In a statement announcing the settlement, Teva said the agreement "does not justify misconduct". Teva also said that it "in no way contributed to the misuse of opioids in Oklahoma."
The settlement makes Teva the second company to settle with Oklahoma for the opioid epidemic. In March, Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, agreed on a $ 270 million settlement with the state. Teva, the world's largest generic drug maker, was scheduled to appear on Tuesday with Johnson & Johnson.
Today's announcement is testimony to the countless hours and resources that the state legal team has spent on this process, and to its determination to blame the defendants in this case for the ongoing opioid overdose and addiction epidemic that continues to be thousands claims of human lives every year, "Hunter said in a statement.
Hunter says the money from the Teva settlement will be used to fight the opioid crisis, according to The Oklahoman requires prosecutors in a period of 20 to Between $ 12.7 and $ 17.5 billion for 30 years to alleviate the opioid crisis in Oklahoma.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Control, overdose with opioids alone in 2017 was responsible for more than 47,000 deaths. The CDC says that 36% of these deaths involved prescription opioids.
NPR and Ipsos published a survey that a third of Americans were directly affected by the opioid epidemic. The survey found that 57% of Americans believe that pharmaceutical companies should be blamed for exacerbating the crisis.
"It's something, regardless of your age, gender, place of residence, party affiliation, which people believe in in large numbers," said Mallory Newall, the leading Ipsos researcher in the survey.
Paul Ten Haken, the mayor of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, tweeted that the case "Oklahoma" was exact by plaintiffs in other opioid cases, including South Dakota and 1,850 other mostly municipal and state governments that have sued the same drug is observed makers.
The Oklahoma case is being closely monitored by plaintiffs in other cases of opioids, including South Dakota and 1,850 other mostly local and state governments that have sued the same drug companies Paul Ten Haken (@paultenhaken) 26 May 2019
Johnson & Johnson continues to be tried for his alleged role in the opioid crisis and is due to appear on Tuesday.
"Almost all Oklahomans have been adversely affected by this deadly crisis, and we look forward to the Tuesday, when we will prove our case against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries, "Hunter said in a statement.