Johnson & Johnson Ordered To Pay Up For Opioid Epidemic

Johnson & Johnson Head of Innovation Patrick Verheyen Interview

Johnson and Johnson has been ordered to pay $572 million to the state of Oklahoma for misleading opioid marketing. 

The judge in the case said yesterday the nation's opioid crisis is a menace to Oklahomans. 

The lawsuit argued the practice contributed to 6,000 deaths in two years and has cost the state as much as $17.5 billion.

Attorneys for the pharmaceutical giant say the drugmaker will appeal the ruling. 

Defense attorney Sabrina Strong says Johnson and Johnson has sympathy for those who suffer from substance abuse, but insists that Johnson and Johnson did not cause the opioid crisis.  

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