U.S. drug czar James Carroll calls on pharmaceutical companies for the role of the opioid crisis

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After the landmark judgment in Oklahoma on Monday against Johnson and Johnson found that the company responsible for the fuel, called the opioid epidemic, the U.S. drug czar James Carroll, pharmaceutical companies.

After the landmark judgment in Oklahoma on Monday against Johnson & Johnson, found that the company responsible for the fuel the opioid epidemic, the U.S. drug Czar James Carroll drugmakers called for her role as “one of the factors to the onset of the crisis.”

“The pharmaceutical companies have a role to play, we know that the data that supports it,” said Carroll, the Director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, Fox News. “The facts show that these companies pushed, some of these drugs to people, and this was one of the factors in the beginning of this crisis.”


Oklahoma judge Thad Balkman found, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen pharmaceutical companies, who is responsible for fueling the opioid epidemic. He ordered the company to pay the state $572 million for violating the state’s “public nuisance” law.

The precedent-setting decision could wait, laid the Foundation stone for the 1,500 other pending suits to be heard before a Federal judge in Ohio in October. Carroll said he believed that this was just the beginning.

Johnson & Johnson was most recently responsible for fueling the opioid epidemic that a judge in Oklahoma.

“There are hundreds of lawsuits across the country, and I believe that sending a message over the States,” he told Fox News, adding that he was “happy to see the money will go to some of the people who was really affected.”

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter argues that Johnson & Johnson conducted an intensive marketing campaign, which flooded the market and misleading consumers about the addictive risks of the drug, calling the company “the kingpin behind the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis.”

“We have proven that Johnson and Johnson built his billion-dollar brand out of greed and on the backs of the pain and suffering of innocent people,” he added.


Hunter the search for $to cover the 17 billion of Johnson & Johnson, treatment, and prevention.

Sabrina Strong, a lawyer for Johnson & Johnson, called the judge’s decision “flawed.” The company argued that its drugs represented only about 1 percent of the opioid market.

“I think the nation’s opioid abuse crisis is a serious public health Problem. No one denies that. But you can’t your way out of the opioid-abuse crisis sue,” said Strong in a press conference. “This is a problem facing the country that need to be addressed by public and private partnerships, by all state actors.”

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were opioids responsible for over 400,000 deaths due to overdose from 1999 to 2017. The 70,237 drug-overdose-deaths in the year 2017, nearly 68 percent involved opioids.

Johnson & Johnson vowed to appeal the decision.

Fox Business Network Rachel Tesler and Fox News’ Madeleine Rivera contributed to this report.

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