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Idaho attorney general sues several opioid makers

Posted at 2:51 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 16:51:23-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has filed another lawsuit against several pharmaceutical companies, contending they deliberately deceived the public about the dangers of opioid prescriptions in order to generate big profits.

The lawsuit, filed in Boise’s U.S. District Court on Tuesday, names Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Endo Pharmaceuticals and others as defendants, and asks a judge to force the companies to pay the state damages and disgorge all the revenue and profits they made from sales of opioids to Idaho businesses and patients.

The pharmaceutical companies have not yet filed a response to the lawsuit.

Wasden filed a similar lawsuit last month against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and eight members of the Sackler family, who control the privately held pharmaceutical company.