A doctor testified on Tuesday that the country & # 39; was flooded with opioids & # 39; and the death toll was & # 39; enormous & # 39; as a result of an important lawsuit against a pharmaceutical giant who was responsible for causing the health crisis.
Dr. Andrew Kolodny is one of the witnesses of the state during the trial in Oklahoma against Johnson and Johnson.
He is co-director of Opioid Policy Research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and has spent years researching the crisis.
The state is challenging J & J, claiming that it was marketing deceptively addictive painkillers without adequately warning doctors or patients of the risk.
Two other pharmaceutical giants, Teva and Purdue, were also prosecuted, but they agreed with the state before the trial began.
Dr. Andrew Kolodny testified on Tuesday that America has been flooded since 1996 & # 39; was with opioids. He is one of the witnesses of the state in a lawsuit in Oklahoma against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson
So far, over the past three weeks, the jury has heard of the father of a college football player who died of a cocktail of prescription pills and health experts.
On Tuesday, Dr. Kodogny took the position to expose the crisis.
He believes it started when prescribing practices changed in 1996 and that J & J & # 39; everything & # 39; did to use it.
The opioid crisis is, I think, the most important public health crisis that our country may have known in its history, especially since the Spanish flu epidemic. The death toll is huge, & # 39;
& # 39; We have destroyed the dam of narcotic conservatism and we have flooded the country with opioids, & # 39; he said, adding that he has a & # 39; first seat & # 39; had to fix the problem & # 39; worse and worse & # 39; to get.
& # 39; The opioid crisis is, I think, the most important public health crisis that our country may have known in its history, especially since the Spanish flu epidemic.
& # 39; The death toll is huge, & # 39; he said.
Dr. Kolodny said that he primarily blamed Purdue and Teva for blaming the problem, but that after reviewing documents submitted as evidence for the trial, he now felt that J & J was blamed.
& # 39; I really didn't know how bad Johnson & Johnson was or how big a player they were in this whole crisis, & # 39; he said.
Johnson & Johnson makes Duragesic, a fentanyl patch, but says it is not widely abused
The defense tried to question his expertise and said he was not a pain specialist or doctor.
The prosecutor has broken off their argument by pointing to the fact that none of the vendors hired by J & J to sell their products was.
Previously heard the process of a woman named as & # 39; the face & # 39; of the company that led and trained marketing teams for years.
She testified that the prosecutors tried to & # 39; marketing & # 39; as a & # 39; dirty term & # 39; to sound, while that was not the case.
At the start of the trial, the father of a 22-year-old died of a cocktail of prescription pills.
Craig Box took the floor to talk about his son, Austin, who died in 2011 with five painkillers in his system.
Box was a soccer player for the Sooners in Oklahoma, but after a series of injuries, including a hernia, he died by accidentally taking an overdose of a combination of five prescribed painkillers and an anti-anxiety medicine.
They were oxymorphone, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and oxycodone. He had also taken the anti-anxiety medicine alprazolam.
THE COMPANIES THAT ARE TO PREVENT PROCEDURE
Purdue, which produces the drug OxyContin and is run by the Sackler family of New York, gave Oklahoma $ 270 million in a settlement.
It denies that it is to blame for the country's opioid crisis.
However, in its statement after the settlement was reached, the company said: & # 39; Purdue is delighted to reach an agreement with Oklahoma that will help those addicted now and in the future. & # 39;
Teva, based in Israel, agreed to pay only $ 80 million a few days before the trial began.
It was named as a suspect alongside Purdue and Johnson & Johnson and fought to the last minute.
Teva makes generic medicines and sells them all over the world.
His father cried when he said he and his wife had no idea & # 39; that their son used the drugs.
& # 39; We never suspected anything.
& # 39; In 2011, the crisis that everyone now calls it, nobody knew.
& # 39; What we learned is that Austin must have gotten them off the street or wherever.
& # 39; You don't have to look far to find them.
& # 39; You don't need a recipe, & # 39; he said – broaching the reasoning of the defense that it is the fault of doctors who prescribe the drugs to the public and not their fault making them in the first place.
& # 39; They are just everywhere, & # 39; he said.
Johnson & Johnson is fighting the criticism.
Her lawyers claim that the industry is heavily regulated and that if someone is responsible for the crisis, it must be the doctors who overly prescribe the medication to vulnerable patients.
It also states that there is no evidence that his medicine – Duragesic, a fentanyl patch – is being misused on a large scale.
Prosecutors say the companies have made the crisis out of greed and have been using fraudulent tactics to market their drugs and make a profit.
The case will be heard by a judge instead of a jury. It is a civilian matter that could end up in a historic settlement.
Purdue, which makes the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, has already agreed to pay $ 270 million to the state of Oklahoma. Teva has agreed to pay $ 85 million.
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