Florida sues 5 major drug companies over opioids

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By: Associated Press
May 16, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is suing five major drug manufacturers, as well as drug distributors, in a "comprehensive" lawsuit aimed at punishing them for the spread of opioid addiction.

Florida's move came the same day that five other states sued pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma and accused the company of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths.

But, Florida's lawsuit is much broader and alleges that the drug companies misrepresented the dangers of opioid drugs and that distributors were negligent in allowing large numbers of drugs to be sold to the public.

Bondi announced the lawsuit at a press conference in Tampa, where she denounced the drug companies for the "pain and destruction" they had caused.

Purdue Pharma denied the claims in an email, while other drug companies said they comply with state and federal laws.

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