State attorney general sues drug companies over opioids
ST. LOUIS | Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Wednesday filed suit against three large pharmaceutical companies, saying their “campaign of fraud and deception” led to a startling opioid crisis in the state.
Mr. Hawley, a Republican, filed suit St. Louis Circuit Court, naming Endo Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. He said the suit will seek “hundreds of millions of dollars” in damages and civil penalties.
Mr. Hawley said the three companies over several years misrepresented the addictive risks of opioids, often using fraudulent science to back their claims. As a result, thousands of Missourians were given unnecessary opioid prescriptions.