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Tribes-Opioids Lawsuit

Tribes-Opioids Lawsuit
Three Native American tribes sue opioid industry groups
The Associated Press - January 9, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Three Native American tribes in the Dakotas are suing opioid manufacturers and distributors, alleging they concealed and minimized the addiction risk of prescription drugs.

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate sued 24 opioid industry groups in federal court on Monday. Defendants include drug manufacturers Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Allergan, and distributors McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp.

The lawsuit follows more than 70 similar cases filed across the country. Allegations include deceptive marketing, fraud and violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act.

But the case is one of the first to tie claims to the disparate impact on Native Americans.

The complaint seeks monetary damages and an "abatement fund" to pay for treatment programs.

The companies hadn't responded to the suit as of Monday.



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