Pharmaceutical Companies Accused of Painkiller Deception
Two California counties have filed a lawsuit accusing five drug companies of waging a campaign of deception to boost sales of painkillers. Orange and Santa Clara counties filed the suit alleging to false advertisement, unfair competition and creating a public nuisance. This current lawsuit accuses the drug manufactures of making misleading and false claims about the safety of products consumed by millions of Americans annual. The five companies involved in the suit are: Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, Actavis, Endo Health Solutions and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ Cephalon Inc. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that opioid painkillers contributed to more deaths than cocaine and heroin combined in these counties.
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