November 26, 2019 / 6:11 PM / 18 days ago

Federal prosecutors open criminal probe of opioid makers, distributors - WSJ

Nov 26 (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors have opened a criminal probe into whether pharmaceutical companies intentionally allowed opioids to go into communities, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

At least six companies have said they received grand-jury subpoenas from U.S. attorney's office in the Eastern District of New York: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Mallinckrodt Plc, Johnson & Johnson and Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc <AMRX.N and distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp and McKesson Corp, the report said.

The subpoenas were in connection with a Brooklyn federal probe, the WSJ reported here

The companies did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for comment. (Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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