You may or may not be aware that 60 Minutes aired a story on December 16,
Opioid Crisis: The lawsuits that could bankrupt manufacturers and distributors featuring lawyer Mike Moore, former Mississippi attorney general who, as CBS puts it, “engineered the historic 1998 settlement under which Big Tobacco paid billions to address smoking-related health issues.” and who in 2015, “convinced BP to settle multibillion-dollar lawsuits over its huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico” The segment outlines his belief that pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors should be held accountable for their role in the opioid crisis – for not identifying and questioning excessive opioid prescriptions they were fulfilling in certain regions, specifically emphasizing Ohio.
According to the story, “Ohio’s Republican attorney general Mike DeWine, who will be sworn in next month as governor, hired Mike Moore as soon as he decided to file suit against opioid manufacturers and distributors.”
Read more about, and view the segment here.
In response, pharmaceutical distributor, McKesson, has now posted a response to the segment on their website, stating, “We were disappointed that 60 Minutes chose to present a one-sided story, which uncritically repeated the plaintiffs’ lawyers’ charges without any challenge.”
You can read McKesson’s response to the segment here, as well as their statement regarding how they are taking action in addressing the “opioid epidemic” and their policy recommendations, on their website.
View and read both sides – then tell us your thoughts in the comments.