AG Miyares announces $500 million in opioid settlements

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares announced settlements totaling $500 million in response to the ongoing opioid crisis.

A $350 million settlement was reached with Publicis Health to resolve investigations into the marketing and communications firm’s role in the opioid crisis.

The terms of the settlement state that Publicis recognizes the harm caused by opioids and will provide communities hit hardest by the epidemic with financial support for treatment, recovery, and infrastructure with the goal of saving lives.

The company was accused of farming data from private recordings between patients and providers and marketing OxyContin to providers on patient’s health records.

The other settlement of $150 million was with Opioid manufacturer Hikma Pharmaceuticals for their role in the crisis.

From 2006-2021, Hikma failed to monitor suspicious orders of opioids from potentially illegal distributors with staff acknowledgement of inadequate systems.

The settlement will be dispersed with $115 million in cash and $35 million in opioid addiction medication.

Virginia is expected to receive a total of nearly $10 million dollars and to date, the Commonwealth has secured over $1 billion to recover from the drug crisis.

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