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How Should Opioid Lawsuit Money Be Spent? Ohio Valley Has No Shortage Of Needs

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At a town hall event in Logan, Ohio, Kelly Taulbee walks through the steps of an encounter with someone experiencing an opioid overdose. She’s training a group to use NARCAN, the opioid reversal medication. She pulled out the small applicator and demonstrated how easy it is to spray the medication in someone’s nose. As the director… Read More

A sign is displayed at the Cardinal Health, Inc. corporate office in Dublin, Ohio.

Opioid Industry Presses for Settlement as Trial Looms

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CLEVELAND (AP) — With a trial looming, major drug distributors and manufacturers are pressing to settle thousands of claims against them related to the nation’s persistent opioid crisis. The companies are negotiating with state attorneys general as jury selection is expected to wrap up on Thursday in the first federal trial over an overdose epidemic… Read More

A pedestrian passes a McKesson sign on an office building in San Francisco.

Drug Distributor Shares Jump After Settlement Report

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Shares of big drug distributors are climbing after a report that they have made an offer to settle litigation over the opioid crisis. Two people with knowledge of the negotiations, which have been going on for months, confirmed to The Associated Press that McKesson Corp., AmerisourceBergen Corp., and Cardinal Health, Inc., have offered $18 billion… Read More

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Judge Says He Miscalculated Award by $107M in Oklahoma Opioid Case

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Tuesday acknowledged making a nearly $107 million miscalculation in determining how much drug maker Johnson & Johnson must pay the state to help address the state’s opioid crisis. Following a hearing in Cleveland County, District Judge Thad Balkman acknowledged making the error in his August judgment in… Read More

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Jury Selection Begins in Opioid Trial Despite Delay Request

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Jury selection began Wednesday in the first federal trial over the opioid epidemic despite a last-minute request from lawyers to delay it because of news reports on a settlement offer. Two Ohio counties claim drug companies that made, distributed and sold prescription painkillers engaged in a deadly conspiracy that has inflicted massive… Read More

Cars pass Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn.

Judge Will Halt Lawsuits Against Purdue Pharma, Its Owners For 6 Months

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A judge will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and its owners for six months in hopes of finalizing a settlement over the OxyContin maker’s role in the national opioid crisis, he said Friday. In a hearing, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain strongly brushed aside the argument from a group of state attorneys general that lawsuits… Read More

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Appeals Court Rejects Ohio AG’s Attempt To Delay Opioid Trial

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A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has rejected Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s request to delay the October 21 start for the huge opioid trial in federal court in Cleveland. Three judges from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals declined the request from Yost and a dozen other attorneys general and the US Chamber of Commerce. They had… Read More

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Arraignment Scheduled Tuesday for Doc in Prescription Opioid Takedown

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CINCINNATI, Ohio — One of four doctors charged in a federal operation alleging the overprescribing opioid painkillers through “pill mill” clinics in  is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. Dr. Thomas Romano, 69, of Wheeling, West Virginia, faces 20 counts of diversion of controlled substances for his alleged participation in the unlawful prescription of controlled substances outside… Read More