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Doctor to testify that Perdue pushed opioids despite addiction risk

Pharmaceutical companies that produce opioid medications are being sued by governments around the country for their roles in the opioid crisis. Opioid painkillers used to be reserved for cancer pain or situations where the patient was near the end of his or her life. Doctors had been trained that the risk of addiction was too great for their use in more common pain situations.

North Carolina says Chemours Company leaked chemical for years

An investigation by North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality found evidence that Chemours Company has, for years, allowed a chemical nicknamed GenX to leak into the state's air and water. Chemours is formerly a part of DuPont, and the agency alleges both companies actively misled the State about the leaks and their dangers. The State has now filed a lawsuit against Chemours.

4 top pain docs named as defendants in opioid crisis lawsuits

Opioid overdoses are a national health crisis, and local governments are taking steps to hold someone accountable. Over 450 lawsuits have been filed in state and federal courts by cities and counties across the nation. Most of those lawsuits accuse the five main manufacturers of opioid pain medications of instigating the crisis with false claims about the drugs' efficacy and risks.

Brand-name drug makers can be held responsible for generic labels

Inadequate labeling can rob medical patients of their right to make informed decisions about the benefits and risks of taking certain medications. When known side effects aren't listed, there is a good chance doctors and pharmacists don't know about them, and patients are exposed to unexpected risks.

Report: Spike in accidental deaths fueled by opioid overdoses

There is more bad news about the opioid crisis. Accidental death became the third leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2016, trailing only heart disease and cancer in the number of lives claimed. Accidental deaths as a whole increased by 10 percent over 2015's numbers.

States settle with drugmaker on 'below the neck' marketing claim

The attorneys general of all 50 states and the District of Columbia recently settled with German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals (BIPI) over allegedly false and misleading off-label marketing claims involving four prescription drugs. Most notably, BIPI touted one drug, Aggrenox, as effective for a variety of conditions "below the neck" such as congestive heart failure and heart attacks.

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