Should pharmaceutical companies be held liable for opioid overdose deaths?

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  • Lauren
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Why? You are responsible for your own choices. If you choose not to read the prescribing information where it tells you that the medications are addictive, that's your choice. If you choose not to get help for your addiction, that's also your choice. Part of the issue is doctors that continue to prescribe opioids without questioning the patient to see if they are abusing the medications.

  • 1 month ago

    Those companies LIED when they promoted their medicine as non-addictive.  Heroin and morphine were trade names for medicines made from opium.  In the 19th century, they were marketed as non-addictive by pharmaceutical companies.  We should have learned our lesson then. 

  • 1 month ago

    If they hold gun manufacturers responsible for deaths then they should hold the companies who make the drugs accountable.

  • poldi2
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    They should be held accountable for not disclosing the addiction risks to the doctors prescribing them.

    And people should be held accountable for taking drugs when they don't know what the risks are.

    And doctors should be held accountable for prescribing drugs when they don't know what the risks are.

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  • 1 month ago

    Pharmaceuticals are so heavily watched by governments and other companies and tons of lawyers everywhere. It would be gross negligents on everyone's part to take it to court.

    OVERDOSE DEATHS ARE THAT OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WANT THE HIGH NO MATTER HOW MANY PILLS IT TAKES. IT IS NOT FAIR TO PEOPLE WITH CANCER OR OTHER DISEASES THAT ARE TOO PAINFUL FOR OTC PILLS.

  • 1 month ago

    No, they don't manage how they are used. And by framing the case incorrectly, it prevents private lawsuit precedent.

  • Greg
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No. The individuals, the doctors, and sometimes, the pharmacists are to blame.

  • 1 month ago

    No. They're not the ones taking the pills.

  • 1 month ago

    Let me ask, Should Ford be responsible if you plow your pickup into a tree? No, of course not.

    EVERYONE knows opioids are addictive if the person is addictive prone.

    But I've had to take them for severe pain and they are a god-send. And no, I'm not addicted.

    • Next they'll be suing the pharmacist for filling a prescription. https://www.dea.gov/drug-scheduling

  • 1 month ago

    Obviously not all of them, but if they have knowingly withheld the fact that opiods are addictive and intentionally encouraged the over-use of them then they are indeed liable for at least some of the death.  And that is exactly what has happened.  Despicable really.  The maximization of profit is a problematic concept when applied to health care.

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