The state of New Jersey blames a company which produces a powerful fentanyl spray for promoting the sales of its product even for people who didn’t need it and called it evil. Therefore, the state decided to issue a lawsuit against the company, hoping that such a decision would inspire other states to take action against the huge opioid crisis present in the country.
New Jersey issued a lawsuit against the fentanyl spray company
According to the lawsuit, the company, called Insys Therapeutics Inc., put its interest first, and not that of the customers and patients. In a desperate attempt to sell as many of its products as possible, they made doctors prescribe the painkiller fentanyl spray Subsys for more types of chronic pain. However, the medicine is approved only for people who are suffering from cancer.
This is not the first lawsuit of the type and comes after a series of similar attempts made by many attorneys general from other states. All these efforts are the result of the acute opioid epidemic in the US, and the worryingly high number of overdoses which hit the country.
New Jersey’s attorney general calls the company evil
Other states even managed to reach an agreement with the fentanyl spray company. On Thursday, the Massachusetts attorney general announced the state and the company agreed to a settlement of $500,000. This is when it was first discovered how Insys Therapeutics promoted its products. It seems the company paid doctors to prescribe the medicine even when it wasn’t needed.
Arizona was another state which sued the company, together with Illinois. However, Insys and Illinois reached an agreement as well, namely a $4.5 million settlement. New Jersey is also looking for a monetary compensation and accuses Insys of making insurances pay for fentanyl spray treatments for people who didn’t need it. Apparently, the company did this by creating false medical records for these patients.
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