Tag Archives: Pharmaceutical Industry

Editorial: Bill would unfairly single out drug manufacturers

State Rep. Dennis Linthicum, R-Klamath Falls, never has aimed to add a bunch more laws or regulations to the state. He wrote that Oregon needed “de-Legislators who will lessen the burdens placed on Oregon’s businesses, families and individuals.” But he is one of the chief sponsors of a bill to add burdens on prescription drug […]
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Documents reveal subversive campaign to defeat legislation

-Pharmaceutical industry interests retain a Virginia company to recruit Oregonians to make calls to 13 lawmakers to derail House Bill 4005- A Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group funded by ­pharmaceutical interests is spending big money to drum up a secretive ­citizen letter-­writing campaign in Oregon to help kill a drug pricing transparency bill in the Legislature. […]
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Opioid crisis about more than mere negligence — Guest Opinion

For years, the opioid crisis was described as one of negligence. In this narrative, doctors overprescribed pills that shouldn’t have gone to patients and pharmaceutical companies overzealously promoted medications while playing down the risks. But new reporting demonstrates how this version, as worrying as it sounds, might understate the role of drugmakers in the opioid […]
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Steve Duin: The real drug czars

Purdue is the creative force and marketing genius behind OxyContin, the king of the opioids. Since the prescription painkiller was released to great fanfare in 1995, it has generated $35 billion in revenue. You are awash, I know, in holiday reading lists. But before you curl up by the fire with another epic tale of […]
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Are We Headed for a Settlement With Opioid Manufacturers? — Opinion

Lawsuits against opioid manufacturers continue to pile up around the country. Elected officials who have seen their communities ravaged by addiction are pointing fingers at pharmaceutical companies; alleging that drug manufacturers inappropriately downplayed the risks of prescription opioids while overstating their benefits.   Source: Are We Headed for a Settlement With Opioid Manufacturers?

At Forum on Pharmaceutical Costs, Panelists Seek to Dodge Blame

Wednesday’s Oregon Health Forum breakfast, which looked at drug pricing, revealed the complexity of the issue – and the political will necessary to enact any changes. Representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, consumers, drug-management plans and a big health insurer gathered on Wednesday at Portland’s Multnomah Athletic Club, along with an academic and a politician, to […]
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Fed up with opioid deaths, Multnomah County sues drug makers for $250 million

Multnomah County claims the pharmaceutical industry has promoted the widespread use of opioids, such as OxyContin, despite the known dangers of using the drugs long term and for chronic pain. Multnomah County has joined a list of other counties, cities and states across the nation in filing a lawsuit against major U.S. pharmaceutical companies, accusing […]
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Multnomah County Sues Big Pharma for $250 Million, Charging It Fueled Opioid Crisis

The county sues 23 national drug makers, including Perdue, Watson and Johnson & Johnson. Multnomah County sued nearly two dozen pharmaceutical drug makers Thursday, accusing them of fueling the opioid crisis by downplaying the risk of addiction and falsely claiming long-term use of pain pills was beneficial. Source: Multnomah County Sues Big Pharma for $250 […]
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County plans lawsuit over opioid epidemic, says companies knowingly marketed harmful drugs

Around 170 people die from prescription opioids each year in Oregon, according to Oregon Health Authority.Multnomah County authorities say the epidemic has cost the county as much as $100 million so far. Now they’re planning a major lawsuit. Source: County plans lawsuit over opioid epidemic, says companies knowingly marketed harmful drugs | KATU

America’s Addiction to Abusive Drug Pricing | Columnists | Guest Opinion

Consider what got Martin Shkreli in trouble with the law. Shrkeli is the infamous “pharma bro” who bought patents to lifesaving drugs then hiked their prices to obscene levels. In one egregious example, he raised the price of a 62-year-old drug crucial to AIDS patients by over 5,000 percent. But this money-or-your-life extortion racket isn’t […]
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