Wall Street Protects Its Own –
March 2, 2018 – New York City
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in late January that New York City would be suingseveral large pharmaceutical companies, saying it was “time for Big Pharma to pay for what they’ve done.” The New York lawsuit named Purdue Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson, among others.
Philadelphia in January announced that the city would be suing major manufacturers and distributors for their marketing practices when it came to opioids. “This public health crisis harms public safety, order and economic productivity,” City Solicitor Sozi Pedro Tulante said in a statement. “City agencies have incurred large, burdensome, unnecessary and avoidable costs to address the crisis.”
In January, Baltimore filed its lawsuit, also focusing largely on allegedly deceptive marketing practices. It joined several counties in Maryland also filing suits. City Solicitor Andre Davis alleged that some of these pharmaceutical companies marketed pills they knew would be “destructive of lives,” according to The Baltimore Sun. Maryland’s Prince George’s County also announced a suit in late January.