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$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

Oct. 21, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the terrible toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting the first federal trial over the crisis. Across the U.S., the pharmaceutical industry still faces...

Committee pitches concept to settle all opioid lawsuits

Oct. 21, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

A committee guiding OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy has suggested other drugmakers, distributors and pharmacy chains use Purdue's bankruptcy proceedings to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for the national opioid crisis. The committee of unsecured creditors...

1st federal opioid crisis trial to focus on distribution

Oct. 21, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The case is about the conduct of a group of companies in two Ohio counties, but far more than that is riding on the first federal trial on the opioid crisis, expected to open Monday in Cleveland. The counties are looking for money to help them fight and fix the epidemic, while families who...

Jury seated in opioid case, but settlement talks go on

Oct. 17, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury was seated Thursday for the first federal trial on the opioid crisis, but the push to settle the case before opening arguments next week continued, with company officials expected to gather for further talks. U.S District Judge Dan Polster had ordered executives for the companies...

Opioid settlement talks broaden ahead of 1st federal trial

Oct. 16, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Efforts to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the nation's opioid epidemic intensified Wednesday ahead of the scheduled start of arguments in the first federal trial over the crisis. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press that three major drug...

How Canada's legalization is shaping cannabis laws elsewhere

Oct. 16, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

Ever since Canada became the first major country to legalize marijuana for adults a year ago, other nations have been paying attention. The small South American nation of Uruguay was the first to legalize marijuana for adults. New Zealand, Luxembourg and Mexico are among those that have looked to Canada for...

New study: Opioid crisis cost US economy $631B over 4 years

Oct. 15, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

The opioid crisis cost the U.S. economy $631 billion from 2015 through last year — and it may keep getting more expensive, according to a study released Tuesday by the Society of Actuaries. The biggest driver of the cost over the four-year period is unrealized lifetime earnings of those who died from the...

Beverly Sackler, an owner of Purdue Pharma, dies

Oct. 14, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

One of the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has died. Beverly Sackler died Monday, according to a filing made by her lawyers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. She was the widow of Raymond Sackler, one of the brothers who bought the drug company Purdue Frederick in 1952. The company later became Purdue Pharma....

Correction: Opioid Crisis-Purdue story

Oct. 14, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — In a story Oct. 11 about Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy case, The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of the judge handling the case. It is Robert Drain, not Roberts Drain. A corrected version of the story is below: Judge will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, its...

ESPN reports Angels PR employee supplied Skaggs with opioids

Oct. 12, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels say they don't know whether a longtime public relations official had been providing drugs to late pitcher Tyler Skaggs, as detailed in a report Saturday on ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Eric Kay, a 24-year employee of the Angels' PR department, told the Drug...