Mallinckrodt sued in Tennessee opioid abuse case

Mallinckrodt, a pharmaceutical company that has its U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, is one of three drug makers being sued in Tennessee for their alleged role in the opioid abuse epidemic in the state.

The prosecutors for three Tennessee judicial districts that together represent nine counties filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Sullivan County Circuit Court against opioid makers Mallinckrodt, Purdue Pharma and Endo Pharmaceuticals, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

The suit alleges the drugmakers lied about the addictive properties of the opioids and aggressively marketed the drugs as miracle cures for pain. The suit’s plaintiffs include “Baby Doe,” a baby born addicted to opioids because his mother was an opioid addict.

Mallinckrodt said on Tuesday that it had not yet been contacted regarding the litigation but that the company recognized that the opioid epidemic “is a complex and confounding problem, and no one policy initiative or program will solve it.”

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal

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