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Drugmaker Endo to pay $10 million to settle opioid case ahead of trial

Endo International Plc agreed to pay $10 million to avoid going to trial in October 2019 in a landmark case by two Ohio counties accusing various drug manufacturers and distributors of fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic.

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New Insights Could Lead to More Control Over Opioid Addiction

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute in Florida published a study in the journal Science describing a newly discovered biological system that manages how cells respond to exposure to opioids.

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Second opioid distributor charged over role in U.S. drug epidemic

An Ohio drug wholesale distributor and two former executives were charged with profiting from the U.S. opioid epidemic by selling millions of pills despite signs the addictive drugs were being misused.

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U.S. overdose deaths post annual drop for first time in two decades

U.S. overdose deaths dropped during 2018 for the first time in nearly two decades, the CDC said, in a sign that a nationwide epidemic of drug-related deaths is abating.

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Lawmakers seek scientific review of plan to tightly regulate all fentanyl copycats

Lawmakers on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee urged the Trump administration to conduct a scientific review of a Justice Department-backed bill to classify all illicit chemical knockoffs of the potent painkiller fentanyl in the same legal category as heroin.

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States Pause Lawsuits Against Insys During Bankruptcy Proceedings

Less than a month after filing for bankruptcy, Insys Therapeutics gained a reprieve from some lawsuits as well as a path forward for regulatory approval of an opioid overdose treatment.

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Oklahoma judge approves Teva’s $85 million opioid settlement

An Oklahoma judge approved a revised $85 million (£66.7 million) settlement with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. resolving claims by the state’s attorney general that the drugmaker helped fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic.

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Teva Pharm to pay Oklahoma $85 million to settle opioid claims

Teva Pharmaceutical agreed to pay an $85 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma days before the company was set to face trial over allegations that the world’s largest generic manufacturer and other drugmakers helped fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic.

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Oklahoma takes on drugmakers J&J, Teva in landmark opioid trial

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s $17 billion lawsuit is the first to go to trial of more than 2,000 actions by state and local governments accusing opioid manufacturers of contributing to an epidemic linked to a record 47,600 overdose deaths in 2017, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Five U.S. states sue Purdue Pharma over marketing, selling of opioids

Five U.S. states filed lawsuits accusing Purdue Pharma LP of illegally marketing and selling opioids, including OxyContin.

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