Statement from Margarida Jorge, campaign director for Lower Drug Prices Now, on news that a $26 billion opioid settlement has been reached:
This settlement makes a mockery of justice. While four of the most profitable drug corporations in the world agree to share a fraction of their profits with victims of opioids, not one of the executives responsible for this epidemic is being held accountable. More than half a million people have died already — nearly the same number as from COVID– and Johnson & Johnson, McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen are washing their hands of any wrongdoing.
Real justice for all the families, friends, and loved ones lost to the devastating influence of this drug means holding these drug companies — and the people who run them — criminally responsible. Their role in fueling the opioid crisis was intentional and driven by financial greed, and they should be held accountable.