Ohio governor: 'No doubt' drugmakers caused opioid crisis

俄亥俄州州长:毫无疑问,制药商会引发阿片类药物危机

2019-08-03 03:31:25 Marketbeat

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday that evidence recently made public makes clear that drugmakers were responsible for the deadly opioid crisis and that they had lied about the addictiveness of their painkillers. The Republican urged the companies to move quickly to settle pending lawsuits seeking to hold them accountable for the epidemic in light of troves of new documents made public because of those suits. "With what's now public in the last two weeks about what these pharmaceutical companies have done, there can be no doubt in anyone's mind that they are responsible for this," DeWine said in a joint appearance at the Ohio Statehouse with U.S. drug czar Jim Carroll. "There is no doubt that they knew these drugs were addictive. There is no doubt that they lied to the public, that they lied to doctors." Overdose deaths in the U.S. had been climbing each year since 1990, topping 70,000 in 2017 but are projected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have fallen slightly in 2018. Drugmakers and distributors say there is no evidence that they illegally pushed unnecessary prescriptions that led to a drug crisis, and they argue that doctors, regulators and illegal drug sales played roles in the epidemic. DeWine was Ohio's attorney general when the state sued certain pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis. That case remains separate from the thousands of local government lawsuits consolidated under Judge Daniel Polster in Cleveland in which new information has been made public. DeWine's comments Friday came at an event to highlight record usage of Ohio's prescription drug monitoring portal, an early national model for state tracking of the prescription painkillers at the heart of the deadly epidemic. Carroll, the president's chief drug policy adviser, said federal data released in conjunction with the suits that showed how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012 will be invaluable as governments continue to respond. He said that the data's public release "is bringing light, publicly at least, to some of the harm that the pharmaceutical companies did in the past." "It took us years to get here and, as the governor talked about, it's going to take us years to get out," he said. DeWine said his comments Friday weren't about any particular suit, but he said he believes it's time for the drugmakers to settle. "These drug companies now have nowhere to hide. The public knows what has happened," he said. "They should just come forward and try to settle this. That's what they need to do." He said if they don't settle, the drug companies will begin to see "very heavy verdicts," as was the case with tobacco companies sued over the societal impacts of smoking.
俄亥俄州 COLUMBUS —俄亥俄州州长MikeDeWine 星期五说,最近公布的证据表明,制药商对致命的阿片类药物危机负有责任,他们谎称止痛药的成瘾性。 共和党敦促两家公司迅速采取行动,以了结悬而未决的诉讼,这些诉讼寻求让它们对这场流行病负责,因为这些诉讼导致了大量新文件的公布。 DeWine 在与美国药品沙皇 JimCarroll 的俄亥俄州统计局的一次联合露面中说:“在过去两周里,这些制药公司所做的事情已经公之于众,毫无疑问,任何人都会认为他们对此负有责任。”“毫无疑问,他们知道这些药物是上瘾的。毫无疑问,他们向公众撒谎,向医生撒谎。” 自1990年以来,美国的超剂量死亡人数每年都在攀升,2017年超过了7万人,但疾病控制和预防中心预测2018年将略有下降。 制药商和经销商表示,没有证据表明他们非法推送不必要的处方,导致了一场毒品危机,他们辩称,医生、监管机构和非法毒品销售在这场流行病中发挥了作用。 当俄亥俄州因阿片类药物危机起诉某些制药公司时,德温是俄亥俄州的总检察长。这一案件与克利夫兰的丹尼尔·波尔斯特法官合并的数千起地方政府诉讼案件分开审理,新的信息已经公开。 DeWine 上周五发表上述评论之际,俄亥俄州处方药监测门户网站的使用达到创纪录水平。该网站是一个早期的国家模式,用于追踪致命疫情核心的处方止痛药。 美国总统首席药物政策顾问卡罗尔( Carroll )说,联邦政府发布的数据与诉讼一起显示,随着2006年至2012年吸毒危机的加剧,制药商和分销商在美国各地增加了阿片类药物类止痛药的发货量,这将是非常宝贵的。 他说,这些数据的公开发布“至少在公开场合暴露了制药公司过去的一些危害。” “我们花了几年时间才来到这里,正如州长所说,我们要花几年时间才能走出去,”他说。 德温说,他星期五的评论并不是关于任何特定的诉讼,但他说,他认为现在是制药商和解的时候了。 “这些制药公司现在无处藏身。公众知道发生了什么,”他说。“他们应该向前走,努力解决这个问题。这就是他们需要做的。” 他说,如果他们不能和解,制药公司将开始看到“非常严厉的判决”,就像烟草公司因吸烟的社会影响而被起诉一样。

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