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U.S. open criminal investigation of opioid makers and distributors

Christian Fernsby |
Federal prosecutors have reportedly launched a criminal investigation into whether opioid manufacturers and distributors knowingly pushed doctors to prescribe unnecessary painkillers, employing criminal statutes usually reserved for drug dealers.

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At least six companies have reported in regulatory filings that they received grand jury subpoenas from the U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York, according to the Wall Street Journal: Teva Pharmaceutical Industry, Mallinckrodt, Johnson and Johnson, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen.

The investigation is in its early stages, and prosecutors may subpoena additional companies.

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