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Opioid Makers Sued for Premium Hikes in First-of-Kind Cases

  • Lawsuits target Purdue, Teva, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen
  • Massachusetts, N.J. men seek class-action status for insureds
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How America's Opioid Crisis Spiraled Out of Control
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Makers and distributors of the prescription opioids that triggered a U.S. public health crisis are responsible for a rise in health-insurance premiums, according to first-of-their-kind lawsuits filed in five states.

The suits open another front in the burgeoning litigation against drugmakers including Purdue Pharma Inc. and the Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit of Johnson & Johnson and distributors such as McKesson Corp. and Cardinal Health Inc. The suits, which seek unspecified damages, seek to represent people who bought health insurance policies in those states since 1996.