It’s estimated that more than 55,000 Americans die each year from a drug overdose, and has been established as one of the leading causes of death of individuals under the age of 50. Sixty percent of these deaths result from opioids. The jump in fatalities over the past 15 years has been staggering, and plenty of lawsuits have been filed claiming for financial compensation.
Some of the most big names in the list of opioid lawsuit defendants often include Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), Endo International, McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceutical, Allergan (formerly Actavis), Watson Pharmaceuticals, and Covidien.
Opioids are a class of analgesic drugs which is widely used to treat and manage pain. Generally, these are prescribed to patients who are diagnosed with severe physical trauma. The drugs help to suppress the nervous system to reduce feelings of pain. Despite their efficacy, opioids are highly addictive, and have been associated to a number of serious, potentially life-threatening complications.
Some of the most commonly reported life altering complications from opioid include:
- Brain and heart damage due to overdose
- Babies born addicted to opioids who suffer from withdrawal symptoms along with other medical complications
- Death due to overdose
The complaints typically allege the wholesale distributors violated the federal Controlled Substances Act by failing to aware the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of the illegal and suspicious opioids purchases. The patients often bought these drugs out of their prescribed dosage which resulted in opioid overdose. The claims against the manufacturers are based on allegations that the manufacturing companies exaggerated the benefits of the medication and knew the drugs were being overly prescribed, still failed to warn doctors of the extremely addictive nature of the narcotics. They also did not take any action to strictly limit the dose.
If you or a loved one were prescribed an opioid pain reliever and suffered undue opioid-related injury, contact a personal injury attorney from Bramzon Law Firm PLLC expert legal team who will help you find whether you may be entitled to significant compensation.