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Purdue Pharma, Teva, Others Sued by Unions Over Opioid Crisis

Feb. 7, 2019, 7:55 PM

Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and other top drug-makers face a lawsuit by labor unions and union benefit funds claiming the over-prescription of opioids is killing their workers and ratcheting up the cost of providing them with health coverage.

The benefit funds say they’ve been forced to shoulder additional costs tied to combating opioid abuse, including toxicology screens, hospitalizations, emergency services, addiction treatment, and intensive care for opioid-addicted infants. They also say they’ve paid millions of dollars in disability benefits to injured workers who receive long-term opioid prescriptions, a treatment option they say is “dangerous and unsupported by science.”...

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