Healthcare products manufacturer Johnson & Johnson announced on Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with two Ohio counties to settle a lawsuit over the company’s role in the ongoing opioid crisis. Under terms of the settlement, Johnson & Johnson would pay Cuyahoga and Summit counties a total of $20.4 million.
“The settlement allows the company to avoid the resource demands and uncertainty of a trial as it continues to seek meaningful progress in addressing the nation’s opioid crisis,” reads a statement from Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals. “The company recognizes the opioid crisis is a complex public health challenge and is working collaboratively to help communities and people in need.”
Janssen Pharmaceuticals manufactured two opioid painkillers, Duragesic and Nucynta ER, that were distributed in the two Ohio counties. Johnson & Johnson also owned two companies that imported the raw materials necessary for the production of the highly addictive opioid oxycodone.
“[The] Company is open to identifying an appropriate, comprehensive resolution of the overall opioid litigation. At the same time, the Company remains prepared to defend its actions,” the statement said.
Under terms of the settlement, Johnson & Johnson will pay the two counties $10 million and