Drug Firms Blame Opioid Crisis on Illicit Websites, Dealers

Bloomberg – Two pharmaceutical companies say the real culprits in the opioids epidemic are illegal dealers of the painkillers and want them to be on the hook financially for any damages potentially assessed against drugmakers.

Endo International Plc and Mallinckrodt Plc sued a host of convicted drug dealers and Internet sites this week for illegally offering opioids. Among them: RxCash.Biz, which offers misbranded opioids online, an Italian man indicted for of operating so-called pill mills, and a Tennessee resident who’s serving 10 years for possessing fentanyl with an intent to distribute.

The companies also named Tennessee counties and towns, seeking a ruling that effectively limits the firms’ financial responsibility over claims they fueled a public-health crisis through their marketing of the prescription painkillers.

Read more at Bloomberg.

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