Buncombe County joins lawsuit against opioid manufacturers - FOX Carolina 21

Buncombe County joins lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Buncombe County officials have filed a nuisance lawsuit against drug manufacturers and distributors who they say made the opioid epidemic possible.

The county is filing suit against the following companies:

  • Perdue Pharma, which sold OxyContin, MS Contin, Dilaudid, Butrans, Hysingla and Targiniq
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and its subsidiary Cephalon, which sold Actiq and Fentora
  • Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which sold Duragesic and Nucynta
  • Endo Health Solutions, which sold Opana, Percodan, Percocet and Zydone
  • Allergan, Activis and Watson Pharmaceuticals, which sold Kadian, Norco, and generic versions of several opioids
  • McKesson
  • Cardinal Health
  • AmerisourceBergen Drug

“These drug makers and distributors have brought this disease into our community,” said Vice-Chair Ellen Frost. “It is one of the biggest public health crises we have ever seen and it did not happen by accident. Rather, it is the result of the failure by drug makers to safely and responsibly market their branded opioids to doctors and patients in Buncombe County, and the negligence by wholesale distributors of their legal duty to monitor, identify and report suspicious activity as more and more opioids flowed into our community.” 

Officials said 8 opioid prescriptions were dispensed for every 10 residents in Buncombe County last year.

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