Patients who were prescribed an opioid painkiller and experienced overdose or addiction, may be eligible to file a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers of these drugs or the doctors who prescribed them.
“The prescription opioid and heroin epidemic continues to devastate communities and families across the country,” Michael Botticelli, the former White House Director of National Drug Control Policy, said in a statement last year.
Opioid class action lawsuits were filed by many states and local governments on behalf of citizens who were prescribed opioid painkillers—including oxycodone (OxyContin) and propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet). These lawsuits were filed seeking compensation and medical monitoring costs for patients who were injured after using these prescription painkillers.
Despite the health risks associated with using opioid painkillers, many drug companies continue to promote opioid painkillers for off-label uses, which we believe may be knowingly putting the health of patients at risk. Doctors may also improperly prescribe painkillers to their patients, increasing their risk of addiction, overdose, or other complications.
In 2015 Opioids (including prescription opioids, including heroin and fentanyl) killed more than 33,000 people. Medical Providers wrote nearly 250,000,0000 opioid prescriptions in 2013 alone.
The most common drugs involved in prescription opioid overdose deaths include:
Although strong opioid painkillers are frequently prescribed by pain specialists with experience in administering these drugs to patients, general practitioners and other doctors with little to no training in administering the strongest painkillers routinely give these drugs to their patients. Studies found that most doctors who are not pain specialists have trouble administering a correct dose of painkillers to their patients. When these errors result in overdose or death, the doctor or hospital may be at fault.
In other cases, patients are treated with these drugs for longer than necessary, increasing the likelihood of addiction. Many times, patients are not a proper candidate for a particular opioid painkiller, but it is prescribed to them anyway, or they suffer from other conditions such as sleep apnea and pulmonary problems which make the use of opioid painkillers very dangerous.