In Oklahoma, a battle is being waged between state attorneys and the pharmaceutical giant. State attorneys state in their lawsuit that Johnson & Johnson has played a large role in the opioid epidemic in the state, accusing sales representatives of deceptively promoting opioids to doctors.
Johnson & Johnson Trial Heats Up
The state says that company representatives made 140,000 sales calls to Oklahoma doctors over a period of years, among other aggressive marketing tactics. This allegedly led to overprescription, addiction, and ultimately death for those unfortunate enough to overdose.
Brad Beckworth, a lawyer for the state, went to the stand last week to ask Kimberly Deem-Eshleman, the company’s corporate representative, about those calls and other tactics used by sales reps.
Last Week, Dr. Russell Portenoy, a leading pain expert testified that Johnson & Johnson understated the risk of abusing opioids …