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Attorney general sues pharmaceutical company, maker of Opana

Attorney general sues pharmaceutical company, maker of Opanaā€¯

His lawsuit intends to show how Endo has violated multiple state laws by contributing to drug overdoses and increased risk of HIV.

Many of those victims were service members or veterans.

Beshear announced Monday that his office filed a lawsuit against Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions, which made a painkiller called Opana ER.

"Even though they knew their opioid products were addictive and possibly lethal, Endo forged ahead with a marketing plan targeting doctors and patients to build a bigger market", Beshear said. That said, Matthew J. Maletta, Endo's Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, noted that "the public statement made by Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear today in connection with filing suit against Endo that this organization and its dedicated employees seek to "line their pockets at the expense of communities" is patently offensive".

As a result of Endo's actions, Beshear says it's time to sue the pharmaceutical company for all of the havoc, sorrow and destruction it has created for many Kentucky families.

According to the release, Beshear has been concerned about Opana ER abuse since he took office.

Emily Walden, of Louisville, said in the news release that her son, T.J., who was in the Kentucky National Guard, died in 2012 as a result of an overdose of Opana ER shortly before he was scheduled to leave for an overseas assignment.

The CDC said in a subsequent analysis that of the 220 US counties most at risk for a similar disease outbreak linked to sharing dirty needles, 54 were in Kentucky.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tied the 2015 HIV outbreak specifically to the injection of Opana ER.

Beshear said the company is responsible for contributing to the commonwealth's opioid epidemic.

Endo Pharmaceuticals stopped selling Opana earlier this year, after the FDA asked them to pull it from the market.

He said the drug was overprescribed to Kentuckians.

The lawsuit seeks civil penalties and compensatory and punitive damages for the Commonwealth.

Beshear emphasized the importance of the timely approval of the contract and noted that Kentucky needs the experience of local and national attorneys who have the resources and knowledge to help this office secure funds for the Commonwealth and to help fix the harm caused by those who have played a role in Kentucky's opioid crisis.



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