Johnson & Johnson To Pay $149.5 Million In Washington Over Opioid Crisis

30 January, 2024

With thanks to Global Health Now


'Washington state’s Democratic attorney general sued Johnson & Johnson in 2020, alleging that it helped drive the pharmaceutical industry’s expansion of prescription opioids. He also claimed that the company made a distinct mark on Washington’s opioid crisis by deceiving doctors and the public about the effectiveness of opioids for chronic pain and the risk of addiction.'

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COMMENT (NPW): While the pharmaceutical industry is of course essential, it is unfortunately riddled with deliberate misinformation. For this reason, in practice HIFA does not accept sponsorship from the pharmaceutical industry.

Best wishes, Neil

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: