CHARLESTON, W.Va (WDTV) – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that his office has reached a $99 million settlement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Janssen Pharmaceuticals is a family of opioid drug makers involved in the ongoing lawsuit in Kanawha County Circuit Court.
This amount is more than double Janssen’s national settlement proposal of $48 million.
“This settlement will provide meaningful relief to those most affected by the opioid crisis in West Virginia,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “We are still litigating our case in court involving Teva and Allergan, and my office is committed to holding everyone in the pharmaceutical supply chain accountable for their actions that caused this scourge in West Virginia.”
Under the settlement, West Virginia — and all of its cities and counties — will receive a $99 million lump sum payment within 45 days of approval by the state’s political subdivisions.
The Attorney General alleged that Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and co-accused Johnson & Johnson persuaded concerned physicians that the opioids they did not want to prescribe were more effective and safe enough for large-scale, high-density use. long term, even for the treatment of minor pain conditions.
Both lawsuits allege that the manufacturers’ conduct and campaign of misrepresentation led to opioids becoming a common treatment for chronic pain in West Virginia.
The attorney general alleges that the manufacturers’ conduct violated the state’s Credit and Consumer Protection Act and caused a public nuisance. The remaining lawsuit involving the Teva family of companies and Allergan seeks injunctive relief and equitable relief.
The trial against the other defendants continues.
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