ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMIZ)
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said the state could expect more than half a billion dollars as part of a settlement between several states and painkiller manufacturers.
Attorney General Schmitt made the announcement alongside the families of people affected by the opioid epidemic. Schmitt said the final details of the settlement with Johnson & Johnson, along with Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen and McKesson, were still being worked out. Schmitt said the money would be used to further combat drug addiction in the state.
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The Attorney General’s Office sued three manufacturers in 2017 for possible violations of the state’s merchandising practices law. The lawsuit claimed the companies, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharmaceuticals and Endo Pharmaceuticals of misrepresenting the harm posed by their painkillers.
A St. Louis judge refused to throw out the lawsuit in 2020 as the companies had asked. Schmitt said Thursday that Endo Pharmaceuticals was not involved in this settlement, and bankruptcy negotiations with Purdue were also ongoing.
Cities and counties in Missouri that filed their own lawsuits against the manufacturers will have to drop their lawsuits in order for the state to collect the settlement. Money collected will have to go toward programs run by the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Public Safety and Department of Social Services, per a state law passed last year.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that the companies had agreed to a $26 billion settlement with several states.
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