Johnson & Johnson fined $572 million for "false, misleading, and dangerous marketing campaigns" that spurred exponential growth in addiction to opioids

27 August, 2019

(with thanks to Global Health Now)

'A judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay Oklahoma $572 million yesterday in a landmark ruling on the corporation’s role in the state’s opioid crisis, The New York Times reports.

Judge Thad Balkman lambasted the company for “false, misleading, and dangerous marketing campaigns” that spurred exponential growth in addiction. J&J plans to appeal...'

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/26/health/oklahoma-opioids-johnson-and-j...

The HIFA Project on Information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines campaigns for a world where every English-speaking prescriber and user worldwide with internet access will have free access to independent, reliable, understandable information on the full range of commonly prescribed medicines ­ and will know where to find it. This includes protection from misinformation.

We had hoped to achieve this by 2018, and the Project continues to seek £5k from an appropriate sponsor (not a pharmaceutical company!) to do this. However, we have been working closely with Nagasaki University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on a systematic review on this topic, which is now nearing completion.

Best wishes, Neil

Joint Coordinator HIFA Project on Information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org