Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Chicago Suing Israel’s Teva

The third largest city in the U.S. claims the Israeli company is excessively promoting painkillers, particularly opium

By: Shaleni McBain

Published: June 5th, 2014 in Health » World

Israel based company, Teva, is being sued by the city of Chicago along with other major pharmaceutical manufacturers for excessively promoting painkillers. The city claims that the companies have effectively been getting people hooked and, subsequently, have cost the city unreported amounts of money, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

The third largest city in the U.S. is demanding retribution for the costs of dealing with almost half a million claims for opium prescriptions.

“Since 2007, the city has paid for nearly 400,000 claims for opioid prescription fills, costing nearly $9,500,000, and suffered additional damages for the costs of providing and using opiates long-term to treat chronic non-cancer pain,” Bloomberg reported, citing a state court complaint filed Monday in Chicago.

According to the report, Teva and other companies like Johnson & Johnson are accused of lying to the public about the risks entailed in pain-killer usage, while also overselling their benefits.

Teva is being sued for the painkiller Percodan; other drug makers mentioned in the suit are Purdue Pharma, which distributes OxyContin, Endo Health Solutions which produces Percoset, Johnson & Johnson for Duragesic and others.

According to a medical study cited by Bloomberg, over 12 million people in the United States abuse prescribed painkillers in a year. Such abuse led to more drug related deaths than heroin and cocaine combined in 2008.

Chicago is accusing the firms of civil conspiracy, fraud and violations of local city laws while seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

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