Oklahoma awarded $572m from Johnson and Johnson

The US State of Oklahoma has been awarded $572m from the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson for their role in the US opioid crisis. The Judge said that Johnson & Johnson had deceptively promoted opioid painkillers and in doing so contributed towards a ‘public nuisance’. The landmark ruling could have implications for the thousands of ongoing lawsuits claiming that pharmaceutical companies marketing practices have contributed to opioid use, misuse and overdoses in the US.