“We are committed to holding the Sacklers responsible for the role they played in fueling the opioid crisis and will not stop fighting until we have achieved justice for victims,” James said.
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Israel-based Teva is looking to reach a nationwide settlement over its role in selling opioid painkillers, together with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and the three largest U.S. drug distributors.
Under the agreement, Teva would donate Suboxone tablets up to the amount needed to meet the majority of the currently estimated US patient need over the next 10 years, valued at approximately $23b.
After nearly 11 hours of negotiations, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro told reporters it was “profoundly disappointing” that local governments would not go along with a settlement.
The proposed settlement comes only days ahead of a landmark federal trial in Cleveland, Ohio, against the company and five drug distributors.
The subsidized exchange rate was meant to be spent on importing essential medical supplies, according to the deputy health minister.
The case is one of around 2,000 by state and local governments seeking to hold drugmakers responsible for an epidemic in the US.
Between 2011-2013 and 2014-2016, obtainability of legal opioids in Israel grew by 125 percent, according the report, titled “Addressing Problematic Opioid Use in OECD Countries.”