Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Four US drugs giants have agreed to pay $26bn (19bn) to settle claims they helped fuel an opioid addiction crisis. Under the proposal unveiled by a group of state attorney generals on Wednesday, three drugs distributors are expected to pay $21bn. Drug-maker Johnson & Johnson (J&J) will pay $5bn over the next five years. The New York attorney general Letitia James said the firms fuelled "the fire of opioid addiction for more than two decades".
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