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41 state attorneys general subpoena opioid manufacturers

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A coalition of 41 states' attorneys general are investigating opioid companies

"Too often, prescription opioids are the on-ramp to addiction," one says

Many of the companies say they are working with governments

CNN —  

A coalition of 41 states’ attorneys general have served five major opioid manufacturers with subpoenas seeking information about how these companies marketed and sold prescription opioids. The coalition is also demanding documents and information related to distribution practices from three drug distributors.

The development was announced at a news conference by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the first public announcement of subpoenas in this multistate effort.

The coalition was announced in June, with the aim of investigating what role these companies may have had in contributing to the United States’ opioid epidemic.

Major opioid manufacturers and distributors investigated

The investigative subpoenas and document requests were served Monday to pharmaceutical manufacturers Endo International, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd./Cephalon Inc. and Allergan. The group also served a supplemental investigative subpoena to Purdue Pharma.