San Francisco Sues Pharmaceutical Companies for Allegedly Fueling Opioid Addiction


The City of San Francisco sued major pharmaceutical companies including Purdue Pharma and McKesson Corporation for allegedly fueling the opioid addiction nationwide.

The other defendants in the federal lawsuit include the Sackler family, the owner of Pharma Purdue; Actavis, Allergan, Amerisourcebergen Corporation, Cardinal Health, Cephalon, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Insys Therapeutics, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed the federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera

San Francisco’s allegations

In the complaint, Herrera alleged that the pharmaceutical companies intentionally misled doctors and patients about the efficacy and risks of prescription opioids. He also accused the defendants of negligence, engaging in fraudulent concealment, and violating California’s unfair business competition law and false advertising.