By Nate Raymond
NOVEMBER 2 (Reuters) – A California judge on Monday ruled in favor of several districts in the state, accusing four laboratories of triggering the opioid crisis, saying plaintiffs had failed to prove $ 50 billion in laboratory liability.
Orange County High Court Judge Peter Wilson issued an interim ruling that Johnson & Johnson, Deva Pharmaceuticals, Endo International and a division of ABV Allergan are not responsible for creating public unrest.
When he pointed out that he was aware of the huge numbers caused by the murderous opioid crisis and its impact on society, Judge Wilson said that even if the advertising materials used by these companies were erroneous, labs could not be held accountable. Misinformation about the risks and benefits of opioids.
This is because “any adverse effect resulting from appropriate medical orders cannot create a public nuisance leading to an action”, after federal and local authorities have already assessed the social use of opioids.
No immediate feedback was received from the Santa Clara, Los Angeles and Orange counties.
In a statement, J&J said the move was “appropriate and responsible and would not harm the public”.
Other laboratories were not immediately operational. (Reported by Nate Raymond Boston; French version by Jean Derzian)
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