J&J and Other Drug Makers Tossed From Lawsuit Over Opioid Marketing
The lawsuits followed a failed bid by an advocacy group that petitioned the FDA to tighten labeling on opioid painkillers. Physicians For Responsible Opioid Prescribing argued the drugs lacked sufficient safety and effectiveness evidence for long-term use to manage non-cancer chronic pain, such as low back pain…
The evidence is lacking because the research hasn’t been done, something that Mr. Kolodny refuses to acknowledge, even in court. It’s very sad that PFROP has been able to fund litigation for its own political and financial purposes, while pain patients continue to suffer.
“I’m not happy to hear this, but I’m hopeful we’ll ultimately see these companies held accountable for the public health crisis they created,” says Andrew Kolodny, chief medical officer at Phoenix House, a non-profit that runs alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention programs, and head of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing. “But the legal cases against big tobacco many years before they were successful. This may also take a long time.” ...
Mr. Kolodny, I think you should keep blaming drugs for the “public health crisis.” It makes you look so smart. (Can we start blaming guns for all the deaths they cause too? Will PFROP be filing a lawsuit against gun manufacturers sometime in the near future?)
And really, any public health crisis will do. Drugs are very, very bad, and should be blamed for everything, even addiction. When you blame drugs, that keeps you in business, does it not? Keeps those federal dollars rolling in. I mean, it’s not like you can treat someone for poverty, a condition that can cause addiction. And with your specialty in addiction “medicine,” it’s not like you can treat PTSD or depression, two conditions that can also lead to addiction.
Enjoy rolling in those federal dollars and your popularity while they last, Kolodny. Enjoy being a spokesperson for the drug war… maybe you won’t end up looking as bad as the DEA. (But I doubt it.)