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National Prescription Opiate Litigation Documents


Multidistrict Litigation 2804

The records in this collection come from the National Prescription Opiate Litigation (Case No. 17-md-2804, aka MDL 2804), heard in the U.S. District Court in Cleveland, Ohio (Northern District of Ohio). Plaintiffs alleged that the manufacturers of prescription opioids grossly misrepresented the risks of long-term use of those drugs for persons with chronic pain, and distributors failed to properly monitor suspicious orders of those prescription drugs--all of which contributed to the current opioid epidemic.

Documents include court motions, filings, depositions of employees, and expert witness reports as well as internal company documents that have been publicly filed in the court’s docket as exhibits: emails, reports, sales and marketing manuals, articles, advocacy group communications and meeting minutes.

Major issues, people, and companies represented: pharmacy procedures; controlled substances suspicious order monitoring; marketing plans; sales data; inspection and audit reports; pain care forums; Walmart (pharmacy/distributor); Rite-Aid; CVS Pharmacy; Walgreens; Endo International; Actavis; Mallinckrodt; McKesson; Cardinal Health; HDMA; Janssen Pharmaceuticals; Qualitest; Purdue Pharma; Teva Pharmaceuticals; Drug Enforcement Administration; Richard Sackler; Paul Goldenheim; Summit County and Cuyahoga County public health reports.

Special thanks to the UCSF Library Access Services staff, who provided valuable assistance in processing this collection.

Bulk Dates: 1988 – 2019

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