Philadelphia DA files second lawsuit against opioid makers

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 16, 2018 9:28 AM

(From right) Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, Philadelphia Department of Health commissioner Dr. Tom Farley, AIM's Carol Rostucher, and 7th District City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

(Philadelphia) -- Philadelphia's district attorney says he has filed a lawsuit against 10 different pharmaceutical companies, claiming the companies have helped fuel the city's opioid crisis through deceptive marketing.

District Attorney Larry Krasner's lawsuit announced follows one filed in January by Philadelphia city officials.

Krasner's lawsuit was filed on February 2nd, nearly two weeks before yesterday's news conference.

He praised the city's earlier actions against pharmaceutical companies, saying his suit complements the city's lawsuit.

The drug companies named in the lawsuit have previously said in similar lawsuits they don't believe litigation is the answer, but have pledged to help.

A Krasner spokesman says the news conference was scheduled to be held after the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl victory parade to gather more attention.

Earlier this month, Dauphin County filed suit against three doctors and 11 companies that make drugs like OxyContin and Percocet.

At least 16 counties have sued drug makers and doctors, including York and Franklin.

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