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Drugmakers file motion to dismiss Ohio lawsuit

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Attorney General Mike DeWine filed the lawsuit against them in May and accused the companies of intentionally misleading patients about the dangers of painkillers and promoting benefits of the drugs not backed by science. Attorney General Mike DeWine filed the lawsuit against them in May and accused the companies of intentionally misleading patients about the dangers of painkillers and promoting benefits of the drugs not backed by science.
DeWine says when Ohio wins the lawsuit, the five drug companies will not only pay to help battle the addiction problem, but he hopes they agree to be part of the solution and stop their deceptive practices. DeWine says when Ohio wins the lawsuit, the five drug companies will not only pay to help battle the addiction problem, but he hopes they agree to be part of the solution and stop their deceptive practices.

Five drugmakers are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Ohio Attorney General that alleges they helped create the state's addiction epidemic.

Attorney General Mike DeWine filed the lawsuit against them in May and accused the companies of intentionally misleading patients about the dangers of painkillers and promoting benefits of the drugs not backed by science.

DeWine added that the companies partly responsible for creating the deadly mess in Ohio; now need to pay to help clean it up. Cleveland.com reports the companies filed documents in the Ross County Court last week arguing that federal requirements for their products, supersedes Ohio law.  DeWine tell Your News Now that when the case makes it to trial, the fact will reveal the drug makers knew about the addictive nature of the painkillers and failed to inform medical personnel and the public about them.

"Basically we think that these drug companies who have created this huge problem and are responsible a significant extent to this problem, have some obligation to help clean it up. If they are stepping forward and said, 'gee we want to help and we are going to tell everybody now and go back to these doctors that this is not true and we misled them and they should ramp down the prescribing,' that might be one thing, but they have simply not done that, and I think they have an obligation to do that," commented DeWine.

DeWine says when Ohio wins the lawsuit, the five drug companies will not only pay to help battle the addiction problem, but he hopes they agree to be part of the solution and stop their deceptive practices.

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