Chicago Sues Major Narcotics Makers
|By Peter Frost, Chicago Tribune|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The companies named in the suit --
The result has been an increase in addiction and overdose that "plagues communities in
A Janssen spokeswoman said the company "is committed to ethical business practices and responsible promotion, prescribing and use of all our medications." She said the company is reviewing the complaint and had no further comment.
Representatives for the other drug companies either declined comment or did not return messages asking for comment.
The city is seeking to recover all or part of the
The suit is similar to one filed last month by two
The city's suit also mirrors the
"This is a serious issue and that's why Mayor Emanuel wanted to address it," said
Painkillers were involved in more than 16,500 deaths in the U.S. in 2010, the latest year for which data was available, according a 2013 analysis from the federal
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