New York sues 6 opioid manufacturers, 4 distributors, the Sacklers

The New York attorney general is suing six opioid manufacturers, the Sackler family and four prescription drug distributors in a massive legal fight against the pharma industry accused of fueling the opioid crisis, according to CNBC.

The amended lawsuit accuses the 11 defendants of using false and deceptive marketing practices to create the "opioid epidemic that has ravaged New York."

The complaint names the defendants as the Sackler family;, Purdue Pharma; Janssen Pharmaceuticals a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson; Mallinckrodt; Endo Health Solutions; Teva Pharmaceuticals; Allergan Finance; McKesson Corp.; Cardinal Health; AmerisourceBergen; and Rochester Drug Cooperative.

"Defendants caused this disaster together," the lawsuit states, according to CNBC.

New York Attorney General Letitia James called the amended complaint the country’s most comprehensive lawsuit aimed at addressing the ever-growing problem of opioid addiction, according to The New York Law Journal.

Purdue Pharma told CNBC that New York state "is seeking to publicly vilify Purdue and its former directors while unfairly undermining the important work we have taken to address the opioid crisis."

The  lawsuit comes days after Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family agreed to pay $270 million to settle similar claims by the state of Oklahoma.

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