Drug Companies and Baby Addiction Florida Class Action

The plaintiffs in this class action are babies born dependent on opioids, and their mothers. The complaint offers a very long list of defendant companies, including distributors, manufacturers, and marketers. (See the complaint linked below for the full list of companies.) It says, “Baby Plaintiffs and their mothers are victims of the opioid crisis that has ravaged Florida, causing immense suffering to those born addicted to opioids and great expense to those forced to deal with the aftermath.”

The class for this action is children who live in Florida, born after March 2, 2000, who were medically diagnosed as being exposed in utero to opioids, who were pharmacologically weaned from opioids and whose birth mothers had prescriptions for opioids or opiates before the birth, and these drugs were manufactured, distributed, or filled by one of the defendants in this case or an unnamed co-conspirator affiliated with Purdue Pharma.

In recent years, a number of class actions have been filed against those in the business of making, marketing, and distributing opioids, filed by individuals and even states, alleging that companies have not properly represented the risks of opioids, have pushed them heavily to doctors, and have not properly monitored distribution to avoid the diversion of drugs to illicit markets.

The complaint alleges that there has been “an opioid epidemic sweeping through the United States, including Florida, that has caused infants great suffering and continuing developmental issues” because their mothers used the opioids regularly during their pregnancies. The complaint cites a list of drugs, including Oxycontin, Percodan, Actiq, Duragesic, and Norco.

The complaint says, “At birth, Baby Plaintiffs were each diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (‘NAS’), arising from their mother’s dependence, oftentimes an addiction, upon opioids. Baby Plaintiffs were forced to endure a painful start to their lives: crying excessively, arching their backs, refusing to feed, and shaking uncontrollably.”

How are babies with NAS treated? Most likely, the complaint claims, they were required to spend their first days in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, going through withdrawal. The complaint alleges, “Upon information and belief, Baby Plaintiffs underwent Opioid Replacement Therapy to wean the newborn from its involuntary addiction. Such treatment, while medically necessary to save the child’s life and lessen its suffering, prolong the negative health outcomes associated with their respective mother’s ingestion of opioids.”

The defendants participated in the making, marketing, selling, and distribution of opioids. The complaint alleges that the “net result of this behavior was to flood the market with highly addictive, dangerous opioids, whether through the primary prescription market (including to females of child-bearing age) and the secondary market.”

The lawsuit asks for medical monitoring “of developmental issues that they each will almost inevitably confront as they grow older” and an injunction to reduce the chance of people becoming addicted to the drugs.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: medical

Most Recent Case Event

Drug Companies and Baby Addiction Florida Complaint

July 7, 2020

The plaintiffs in this class action are babies born dependent on opioids, and their mothers. The complaint offers a very long list of defendant companies, including distributors, manufacturers, and marketers. (See the complaint linked below for the full list of companies.) It says, “Baby Plaintiffs and their mothers are victims of the opioid crisis that has ravaged Florida, causing immense suffering to those born addicted to opioids and great expense to those forced to deal with the aftermath.”

Drug Companies and Baby Addiction Florida Complaint

Case Event History

Drug Companies and Baby Addiction Florida Complaint

July 7, 2020

The plaintiffs in this class action are babies born dependent on opioids, and their mothers. The complaint offers a very long list of defendant companies, including distributors, manufacturers, and marketers. (See the complaint linked below for the full list of companies.) It says, “Baby Plaintiffs and their mothers are victims of the opioid crisis that has ravaged Florida, causing immense suffering to those born addicted to opioids and great expense to those forced to deal with the aftermath.”

Drug Companies and Baby Addiction Florida Complaint
Tags: Babies Born Addicted, Opioids, Pharmaceuticals