Nursing & Healthcare News
Opioid Suit Decided Against Johnson & Johnson
Company ordered to pay $572 million in Oklahoma civil trial
Nurses may associate Johnson & Johnson with its uplifting “Discover Nursing” campaign. However, an Oklahoma judge recently ruled that the company’s “false, misleading and deceptive” marketing strategies helped to create the opioid epidemic, ordering Johnson & Johnson to pay a $572 million civil penalty.
Public Nuisance Suit
In June 2017, the Oklahoma attorney general’s office filed a civil lawsuit against several pharmaceutical manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson, charging that their role in the state’s opioid crisis constitutes a public nuisance and demanding that the companies pay to rectify it.
It’s a legal strategy many states and localities have recently adopted in their attempt to hold the pharmaceutical industry responsible for the opioid oversupply and overprescription that has driven this national crisis. The Oklahoma case is the first to reach a verdict.
Key Opioid Supplier
Although Purdue Pharma has drawn the most public attention for its opioid marketing strategies, the Oklahoma suit alleged that Johnson & Johnson used similarly aggressive tactics to sell its own opioid products (such as Duragesic, a transdermal patch containing fentanyl) — and even disseminated messages that the company’s own scientific advisory board warned were misleading.