April 18, 2018 / 2:54 PM / 3 months ago

Kentucky accuses J&J of contributing to opioid epidemic

April 18 (Reuters) - Kentucky's attorney general on Wednesday sued Johnson & Johnson, accusing the pharmaceutical manufacturer of devising a deceptive marketing scheme that mischaracterized the risk of opioid abuse and addiction.

The lawsuit by Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear was his fifth to date seeking to hold a drug manufacturer or distributor responsible for its role in the national opioid epidemic.

Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston

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