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2 drug companies settle with counties in opioid-crisis suit

Aug. 20, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

Two pharmaceutical companies have reached settlements totaling $15 million to avoid being defendants in the first federal trial on the drug industry's accountability for a nationwide opioid crisis. Dublin, Ireland-based Endo Pharmaceuticals announced Tuesday that it has agreed to pay the Ohio counties of Cuyahoga...

New York pursuing Sacklers' financial records in opioid case

Aug. 16, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

New York officials are demanding that banks and other companies with connections to the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma hand over financial records as the state tries to trace where money from opioid sales ended up. The state attorney general's office began issuing subpoenas this week as part of...

Million-dollar opioid drug ring started small, No. 2 says

Aug. 15, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who prosecutors call the second-in-command of a multimillion-dollar online opioid drug ring said Thursday the operation started small, when he needed cash for student loans so he let his roommate sell his prescription Adderall. Drew Crandall, 33, said the dark-web operation run...

California alleges doctor killed 4 patients with opioids

Aug. 14, 2019 10:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general said Wednesday that he is charging a Northern California doctor with killing four patients by overprescribing opioids and narcotics, crimes he linked to the nationwide opioid epidemic. Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed multiple criminal charges...

Trial opens for Utah man accused in major opioid ring

Aug. 12, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Stacks of potentially deadly fentanyl-laced pills sealed inside plastic tubs were displayed Monday on a table in a Salt Lake City courtroom, a haul that prosecutors say amounted to a tiny portion of the opioids shipped all over the U.S. as part of a multi-million dollar operation...

Feds clarify change on opioid meds for government workers

Aug. 6, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is clarifying a policy change that will limit the prescribing of opioid painkillers to federal workers. The Labor Department issued a statement Tuesday saying the limitations will apply to employees injured on the job and covered under the government's workers' compensation...

Boom in overdose-reversing drug is tied to fewer drug deaths

Aug. 6, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three decades. The number of naloxone prescriptions dispensed by U.S. retail pharmacies doubled from 2017 to last year,...

Families say Purdue Pharma must be 'held accountable'

Aug. 2, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — They came bearing oversized images of the sons and daughters they lost to drug overdoses and signs demanding justice from the pharmaceutical company they hold most responsible. The parents and their supporters rallied outside a Boston courthouse Friday as a judge heard arguments in...

Arizona asks for US Supreme Court involvement in opioid case

Jul. 31, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's attorney general on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to force the Sackler family, which owns OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, to return billions of dollars they took out of the company. The court filing marks the first time the high court has been asked to weigh in directly on...

Alleged phony pharmacist filled 745,000 prescriptions

Jul. 30, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have charged a woman with impersonating a pharmacist and illegally filling more than 745,000 prescriptions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Charges against Kim Thien Le were announced Tuesday. Prosecutors say that from late 2006 through 2017, Le — who didn't have...