Opioid Marketing Under Bipartisan Investigation

Attorneys general from a bipartisan group of a majority of U.S. states is launching a joint investigation into the marketing of opioids, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The Journal reported that the targets of the investigation are not yet known, but that it will focus on drug manufacturers.

Marketing of the prescription painkillers has been connected with widespread addiction to both legal and illegal drugs, leading to lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies by Ohio last month and Mississippi and New Hampshire in 2015, the Journal reported.

The investigations looked into the practices of Purdue Pharma L.P., Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) , Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA) , Allergan PLC (AGN) , Endo International PLC (ENDP)  and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., according to the Journal.

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals (MNK) , Insys Therapeutics Inc. (INSY) and Mylan Inc. (MYL) are also large producers of opioid painkillers, according to various media reports.

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