Ohio Sues Big Pharma, Blaming Drug Makers for Causing Opioid Epidemic

The state of Ohio launched a legal left hook Wednesday with a lawsuit aimed directly at Big Pharma and five of the biggest prescription painkiller manufacturers.

The state’s lawsuit accuses the firms — Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Allergan, Purdue Pharma, Endo and Cephalon — of “borrowing a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook” and downplaying the risks of using powerful drugs like OxyContin and Percocet.

Image: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine at a news conference in Columbus, Ohio on May 31, 2017.