Tampa Pharmaceutical Company Opioid Litigation Lawyer
Pharmaceutical Company Defense
The department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency in 2017. The emergency? The nation’s “opioid crisis” or “opioid epidemic” as it has been called. According to HHS, over 70,000 people died from drug overdose in 2019, 1.6 million people had an opioid use disorder in the past year, and over ten million people misused prescription opioids in the past year. HHS and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have targeted doctors and pharmacies for prescribing or dispensing opioids like morphine, codeine, fentanyl, Percodan, Percocet, Vicodin and the notorious OxyContin. Government agencies have also set their sights on the biggest fish in this pond – the manufacturers and distributors of opiate pain medications.
Some of the nation’s largest and most prominent manufacturers and distributors have been sued over prescription narcotic painkillers, leading to enormous fines and settlements, and this is only the beginning. Thousands of lawsuits across the country are currently seeking to hold pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors of all shapes and sizes accountable for what they see as deceptive marketing of opioids through means such as paid third-party advocacy groups.
The Tampa opioid litigation lawyers at Trombley & Hanes, P.A. are former prosecutors with decades of experience handling criminal and civil litigation in courts throughout Florida and nationwide. Contact Trombley & Hanes, P.A. to protect your business from government overreach and lawsuits that could threaten your very existence.
Opioid Litigation Is Exploding and Expanding Against Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Distributors Nationwide
Civil actions against drug manufacturers and distributors have already been filed in over 3,000 state and federal courts across the country. A few major cases have been settled, but thousands more remain unresolved, and countless others have yet to be filed.
Not just drug companies like Cardinal, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, McKesson, Teva and others have been sued, but also pharmaceutical retail giants like CVS and Walgreens. Some cases have already resolved, with astronomical payouts to the victors.
- The National Prescription Opiate Multi-District Litigation (MDL) resulted in a $260 million settlement in 2019… with just two Ohio counties and three drug distributors. In 2020, four defendants in the litigation agreed to a whopping $26 billion global settlement, but still the litigation rolls on.
- Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin®, faced both criminal and civil sanctions. The Sackler family settled the civil claims against them for $4.5 billion, while the company went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
- Indivior Solutions, the manufacturer of opioid addiction treatment Suboxone, was sentenced to pay $289 million in criminal penalties for unlawful marketing of an opioid drug. Indivior’s former Global Medical Director pled guilty in connection with drug safety claims. The company pled guilty to a felony charge and agreed to pay $600 million to resolve criminal and civil investigations from the DOJ.
- The Justice Department obtained $1.4 billion from Reckitt Benckiser Group to resolve its potential criminal and civil liability related toa federal investigation of the marketing of opioid addition treatment drug Suboxone. The resolution includes the forfeiture of proceeds totaling $647 million, civil settlements with the federal government and the states totaling $700 million, and an administrative resolution with the Federal Trade Commission for $50 million.
Opioid Litigation Defense for Tampa, Florida Pharmaceutical Companies and Retailers
It might be only a matter of time until they come for you next. Trombley & Hanes, P.A. has significant experience defending individuals and corporate entities facing criminal and civil litigation with federal government agencies in the health care field and other areas. For strategic and effective representation in opioid litigation in Tampa, Florida or nationwide, contact Trombley & Hanes, P.A. at 813-229-7918.