Punish Pharma, Not Patients
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...