The poison of the sea snail species Conus rolani may one day offer an alternative to morphine and opiates, which are addictive, in providing pain relief to humans.
Three largest drug distributors and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson agree to make the payment to resolve claims by Native American tribes that the companies fuelled an opioid epidemic in their communities.
The proposed settlement is the largest unveiled in courts to hold the industry accountable for the opioids crisis, which has caused more than 500,000 deaths in the US during the past two decades.
Johnson & Johnson became the fourth drugmaker to settle claims ahead of the Federal Court trial against multiple manufacturers and distributors in Cleveland scheduled for later this month
Purdue Pharma, the company that made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy days after reaching a tentative settlement with many of the state and local governments suing it over the toll of opioids.
Purdue Pharma reached settlement on Wednesday with thousands of local governments and more than 20 states over crisis.
"The opioid crisis has ravaged the state of Oklahoma," Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman said before announcing the verdict. "It must be abated immediately."
The first civil trial that could hold a drug company responsible for the US opioid epidemic began in Oklahoma, a landmark case that could impact thousands of others like it. Johnson & Johnson and two other drug companies named in the lawsuit.
US is facing a growing drug epidemic and one family has been accused of making the opioid crisis worse – the Sackler family.
It's not opium farming but cooking meth that the district of Ghoryan quickly earned a reputation for, with traffickers buying the drug from locals at phenomenally low prices.
The top US doctor on Thursday urged more Americans to carry naloxone, an antidote to opioid overdose, as the nation grapples with a surge in deaths due to potent prescription painkillers and heroin.
In one New York county, doctors are struggling to keep up with the constant autopsies from overdoses. We speak with families whose children's addictions began with prescription drugs. Is Big Pharma the cause of the epidemic?
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