Dan talks with Axios health-care business reporter Bob Herman how Johnson & Johnson became the first drug maker to be held liable in an opioids case and how it could set the stage for the first federal opioids trial this fall in Ohio.
Johnson & Johnson
The first big opioids verdict is both big and small
Johnson & Johnson has officially been found liable in Oklahoma for deceptive and false marketing of opioids — the first major instance of legal accountability for the opioid epidemic.
Yes, but: If Oklahoma's $572 million judgment is a sign of things to come, states may only be looking at short-term relief — and drug companies may only incur short-term annoyances, rather than crippling penalties.