KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Tennessee Attorney General sued opioid maker Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions Inc. on Tuesday.
AG Herbert H Slatery filed the lawsuit in Knoxville claiming the company made unlawful and false claims about the safety and benefits of its opioid products.
The State’s lawsuit, filed in Knoxville, alleges Endo violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and contributed to what a news release provided by the Attorney General's office calls "a devastating public health crisis in Tennessee."
“Our Office has conducted an extensive investigation into Endo’s unlawful marketing practices which included targeting vulnerable populations like the elderly,” said Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III. “Endo has repeatedly refused to take responsibility for its unconscionable conduct, which is why we are taking this action.”
The state claims a 180-page document details Endo's deceptive marketing tactics for its opioid products, presenting them as less addictive and more effective.
The suit also said Endo was aware of the dangers of it's opioids, and was aware of the increased risks of respiratory depression and death in elderly patients.
Also in the news release, the state claims it "has reason to believe Endo used the recommendations and educational materials of third-party groups like the American Pain Foundation without disclosing that Endo was by far the biggest donor to the Foundation and provided more than half of its total funding."
AG Slatery said the complaint filed should be made available to the public in its entirety.
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