November 14th, 2013

Emanuel administration probes J&J unit over drug marketing

By Meghan Morris
Crain's Chicago Business

The Emanuel administration is investigating a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson for alleged deceptive marketing of narcotic painkillers to city employees, according to a petition filed in Cook County Circuit Court seeking to force the company to turn over six years’ worth of documents. Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. sells two painkillers approved for short-term treatment: Duragesic, a patch-based prescription, and Nucynta, an oral medication. The drugs are called opioids because they are derived from opium. The city claims Janssen improperly marketed the opioids for long-term treatments of chronic pain, such as back pain and arthritis.

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