Mallinckrodt Opioid Lawsuits Nationwide
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The United States opioid epidemic has resulted in more than 450,000 overdose deaths since 1999, and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals is allegedly one of the key players in this destructive public health crisis. Plagued by lawsuits, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on October 11, 2020. Mallinckrodt’s restructuring plan includes $1.6 billion and a trust to resolve all opioid litigation.
If you or someone you love has become addicted to or overdosed on Mallinckrodt’s opioid painkillers, you may be entitled to compensation. Casey Law Offices can help you understand your rights and legal options during a FREE CONSULTATION.
What Is the Opioid Epidemic?
The opioid epidemic refers to the widespread misuse of addictive painkillers as a result of deceptive marketing by pharmaceutical companies. In the late 1990s, these companies assured healthcare providers that opioid medications were not addictive, leading to an increase in prescriptions. While drugmakers profited, Americans became addicted to opioids at an alarming rate, and nearly 50,000 people died from opioid-related overdoses each year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the three waves of the opioid epidemic killed almost 450,000 people in less than 20 years. For many people, an opioid prescription escalated into prescription drug abuse and heroin use, and fentanyl became a significant factor in overdose deaths in 2013.
How Was Mallinckrodt Involved in the Opioid Epidemic?
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals is the manufacturer of Roxicodone™, an oxycodone hydrochloride painkiller that proved to be extremely addictive. Like other opioid manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson, Purdue Pharma L.P., and Insys Therapeutics Inc., Mallinckrodt faces allegations of illegal marketing.
Mallinckrodt executives also face allegations that they failed to properly supervise opioid salespeople, and some plaintiffs say, “the company acted as the equivalent of a drug dealer” because it failed to properly oversee large shipments of its highly addictive pills.
In one particularly shocking case, a Tennessee baby was born addicted to opioid painkillers because Roxicodone™ shipments ended up supplying “pill mills” in the state. Further, a 2009 email reveals a sales manager comparing the addictive painkillers to the Doritos, encouraging consumers to “keep eating, we’ll make more.”
If you were harmed by any of these deceptive, irresponsible practices, our opioid lawyer can help you file a Mallinckrodt class action lawsuit or join an existing class action.
How to Recover Compensation
All claims against Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals will likely be delayed until the company’s bankruptcy plan is finalized. Mallinckrodt will also set up a trust to oversee payments from its $1.6 billion opioid litigation fund to qualified claimants.
If you have a new or existing claim against Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, now is the time to prepare your case. Casey Law Offices can help you recover the compensation you deserve.