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Punish Pharma, Not Patients

Aug 29, 2019 - The New York Times

Prosecutions of opioid makers like Johnson & Johnson shouldn’t leave people suffering unspeakable pain.

The decision on Monday by an Oklahoma judge to fine Johnson & Johnson $572 million for its role in the state’s opioid crisis is only the first step in what promises to be years of complex litigation. In ruling that pharmaceutical marketing caused a “public nuisance” by increasing addiction and overdose deaths, Judge Thad Balkman created a strong precedent.

What this decisio...