Co-Managing Partner, Harry Nelson, discusses opioid litigation and his new book, “The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain.” He speaks to Bloomberg’s June Grasso.
From the podcast:
June Grasso: Harry, how much is Big Pharma responsible for the Opioid Crisis?
Harry Nelson: Big Pharma certainly was a culprit here, what I like to say is that they were the equivalent to the spark that lit the fire. But at the same time, there were multiple points of system failure that drove this crisis. Certainly, Big Pharma deserves to pay a price for having been so irresponsible and so aggressive in marketing these drugs– even as people were dying at horrific rates– but at the same time, the reason that it happened was a whole set of failures in our training of physicians, in our government regulations, in our health insurance system, and we have to look at those also as responsible pieces of the puzzle.
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