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Judge Says Big Pharma Doesn’t Have To Pay For Opioid Epidemic In New York

December 19, 2019

In a rather bizarre ruling this week, a district
judge in Manhattan actually struck down a law that was recently passed by lawmakers
in the state of New York that would have made opioid manufacturers and distributors pay
upwards of $600, million dollars to help the state cover the costs of battling the opioid
epidemic. Great law, great idea, exactly what needs
to happen, and even the judge said that like the reasoning and the rationale for this law
was 100 percent spot on and accurate. Unfortunately, because you won’t let you wrote
this into legislation, you’re not going to let drug companies and drug distributors pass
on those costs to the consumers. That somehow violates the commerce clause. So I have to strike down the whole thing. I don’t understand that line of logic whatsoever. I mean it. It violates the commerce clause somehow because
companies can’t screw over consumers to make them pay for the problems that pharmaceutical
companies started. Somebody for the love of God explained to
me how that makes any sense and how that could possibly violate the commerce clause. Companies do this kind of crap all the time. It’s externalizing the costs and it’s disgusting. You know, they, they want us to pay for their
messes. You know, whether it’s oil spills, whether
it’s massive chemical contamination or whether it’s the opioid epidemic. They want the victims, the consumers, the
people they lied to to cover the costs of it. That is what they argued in front of this
judge and this judge said, you know what? You’re right. It’s really not fair that if they’re going
to charge you $600 million, you can’t built $600 million out of consumers to make up for
it. That’s just not fair to you. Is it? Now? I don’t know anything about this judge. Maybe she is a wonderful person and I don’t
want to sit here and say that she is a horrible person, but this is a bad ruling. This is a very disgusting, bad and improper
ruling that she issued this week. Opioid companies knew what they were doing. The distributors knew what they were doing. Their documents prove that without a doubt,
so to say that it’s unfair to them or that it violates some dormant commerce clause that
hasn’t been used in decades is absolutely insane. These companies caused this crisis. The state of New York was trying to get them
to pay up for it and all these drug companies and distributors wanted to do was externalize
those costs and pass them back onto the consumers. And the judge in this case happened to think
that that was just a okay with her.


  • Reply Nikolai's Beard December 21, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Hmm so they won't be held accountable lol okay

  • Reply OrionPax09 December 21, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    And I wonder just how much in the way bribes (legal and otherwise) landed in this judge's pocket before she struck down this law that was intended to hold these massively corrupt engines of greed accountable. This double standard between the wealthy elite and everyone else is disgusting, as is all the damage caused by the corruptive cancer that is corporate cash. And I hope that that judge winds up with protestors hounding her and making it clear just what they think of this ruling.

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    Where's the Punisher when you need him?

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  • Reply klokloki December 21, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    The USA is a banana corporate republic.

  • Reply CyberPrime 935 December 21, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Never trust a corporation. Never trust a company. And never trust a Repub.

  • Reply David Timmer December 21, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Why is America still alive? We may as well be on life support at this point, waiting for the plug to be pulled.

  • Reply Debora Williams December 21, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks God I am not addicted to any drugs.

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  • Reply korpse6rinder December 21, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    These companies that hide facts to make money need to be charge 1.5 % of what every they made off of that product. With the clause that doesn't let them pass the debt to the consumer. They make billions and get fined millions, so it's always a win for them. The only way to stop these scams is to make them pay more than they made.

  • Reply Pilot Forever December 21, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Sounds like a judge got paid.

  • Reply Kari F December 21, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    I agree. This makes no sense whatsoever. At all. In any way. These guys pay doctors good money to over prescribe so that they themselves can make huge money once people are hooked. No way this ruling is going to hold. I hope!

  • Reply Luis Gonzalez December 21, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Gruesomely attack the FEDERAL JUDGE that sided with the CORPORATION

  • Reply Lucas Pagan December 21, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    So essentially “Privatize the Gains, Socialize the Losses” that sounds like what this judge ruled to me!

  • Reply George Kraft December 21, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    I wonder what corporation has ties to this judge?

  • Reply Warren Shiflett December 21, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    I never thought I would say this, but the United States of America sucks now. The elites are taking over. The middle class crumbles.

  • Reply Jim Burig December 21, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Between Trump and his scumbag buddies in this administration, it has occurred to me that there are a lot of unprincipled assholes out there who are billionaires.

  • Reply Fellow White Person December 21, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Mortimer Sackler oy vey

  • Reply glen1arthur December 21, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Forget making the companies pay – make the CEOs pay or go to real jail. then maybe the will change how they do business……..maybe.

  • Reply helpful merman. December 21, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    These people only care about money.

  • Reply Dan A December 21, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Wow we should all just declare ourselves companies so we can externalize our bad behavior off on someone else to pay for.

  • Reply Topaz fire December 21, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    And how are we going to battle this epidemic if we can can't get the pharmaceutical companies clean up the mess that they had made. This s*** is worse than street drugs and the doctor's is passing them out like candy.

  • Reply Shawnee Lazore HHD, PhD December 21, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    They need to stop murdering Holistic Health Doctors! #GoHolistic and #Integrative at times as well. Also some people need medicine for pain. Stop abusing it! I do know that big pharma pushed it however. I even know of thugs that got paid kickbacks to stage accidents, false yet real fights with innocent people etc…to cause pain. #Truth

  • Reply dadoors1 December 21, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    How much MONEY did THAT PARTICULAR JUDGE get from BIG PHARMA along the way through their carreer (or friends, family, other business associates of theirs)?!?!

  • Reply Marian Standen December 21, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Surely this ruling can be appealed. Sounds like BS maybe we should look into the judges donors, I’m sure a lot of American judges have to be voted in or was she a Trump appointee

  • Reply fine and fancy December 21, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Trump is nothing to be proud of and his followers aren’t any better. They , Trump and America’s longtime enemies are treacherous to the USA . Trump will have the USA as a practical third world country. America needs security.

    Trump said he loves the poorly educated because they are. S T U P I D and gullible!

  • Reply De'Narde English December 21, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    The National Unity Party (New Progressive Party) have heard of every concerned citizen in the United States and I ask everyone to get ready, for we are preparing war with the rich. The cruel, the greedy, the heartless that allied themselves with conservatives that want to bring the United States backward in time. The rich had invaded our government, robbed America due to Republicans failed trickle down economics, and turned many honest politicians, Democrats and Republicans, into their own personal corporate puppets and helping them benefit only to the rich, and destabilize our democracy. This entire oligarchy government, this entire country is run by the rich, and it seems that they have manipulated our Republicans and Democrats to stab us all in the back to benefit themselves and their corporate buddies with money and we get nothing from these tax cuts. They had abandoned all reason for madness, and it has only gotten worse.
    Our true enemy is right there, and that is the rich. We see how their filth and their greed destroying our democracy and corrupting our country. We must crush these vermins, and we will remove the corrupted from our government!
    I am asking each and every one of you to put aside your party ideologies that had divided us for so long. We will unite, we will stand together, and we will wipe out this plague. America, this democracy, will prevail! Are you in?

  • Reply James Oxford December 21, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    privatize the gains, socialize the losses. capitalism in the united corporations of america.

  • Reply Rita Doucet - Canada December 21, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Judges can be paid and specifically in NEW YORK, Trump went to a California judge to hear his case, and here well they are safe because most judges are in the mafia ring a ling. Big Pharma wants to sell a lot of Methadone to the addicts they want to cash in on those with addictions.

  • Reply Big DWP December 21, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Donors win, the public doesn't. Cut the head off the snake if you want change.

  • Reply I_Am_Dragoon December 21, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Big Pharma: pushes opiods onto the masses causing Thousands, if not millions to die
    Judge: I see nothing wrong here.

  • Reply hieian December 21, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    I read what the deal was and the judge said that drug companies cculd pass the cost of the surcharge to other states' consumers & manufacturers. Why should my state pay for another state?

  • Reply arkinyte13 December 21, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    This judge needs to be investigated for corruption.

  • Reply van a dulles December 21, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    It's a free for all. I've lost all confidence in our lawmakers.

  • Reply Unlimited December 21, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Reply if you want to know about opioid interrupter therapy rehab in Europe.

  • Reply Michael Parrish December 21, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Well Farron, that Judge, U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla went back to her chambers and (allegedly) found a nice bag of cash on her desk with a note "To Katherine" "From Roxy Codone", went to her law books, and found a loophole, that is often overlooked and considered unethical but legal, then came back and made the new ruling. How Prudential-NOT!

  • Reply K APE December 21, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Either he ruled that or he would end up dead. Better rich than dead, huh?

  • Reply Simone Miller December 21, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Whose pocket is she sleeping in?

  • Reply Shadow Aisha December 21, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Big pharma must have paid off this judge

  • Reply Canyon Racer December 21, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    The judge wasn’t Trump’s sister by any chance;-)

  • Reply Don Ghidoni December 21, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Corporate owned judges.

  • Reply Ana Gonzalez December 21, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    As someone who has lost someone to this epidemic, this is devastating news. Most of these people who become addicted were initially prescribed to by a doctor.

    These companies are killing our countrymen and the ones who are supposed to be protecting us are helping them.

    How long will we stand for this? How many more people have to die?

  • Reply Canyon Racer December 21, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    The Sackler Syndicate
    Corporations are the new Mafia.

  • Reply Don Ghidoni December 21, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    Criminally corrupt, and ideologically motivated corporate owned courts. That's the explanation. After all who allowed Citizens United in the first place?

  • Reply Bill Fauber December 22, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Was it a Trump appointed Judge? I'll bet he was… On this topic it insane what their doing to people that really need these drugs, they're the first to be attacked by the industry and the government by reductions and removal of their pain medications just so people can say their doing something!!! another situation where ignoring common sense just to say they're doing something wins out and of course the Media does nothing for those people suffering this madness.

  • Reply Dee Dee Winfrey December 22, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Big Pharma and Monsanto are the same corporation. Married together. They're shameless, they dont care who they kill for a dollar… they are going to hell.

  • Reply s.j.j. Ormsfang December 22, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Still carryingon about this fake epidemic while disabled people and veterans are committing suicide at ridiculous rates because they are being taken off pain meds?

    Ring of fire is complicitin three deaths. We have tried to educate you, but you REFUSE to find the truth. Are you in the payof big pharma?

    You see, big pharma wants all the current opioids out because they have gone generic and they aren't making money. They want us on new pain meds that are incredibly dangerous.

    Your lies make me question everything else you do.

    This country has a heroin and illegal fentanyl problem, not a prescription opiate problem.

    Please contact me if you care to find out the truth, instead of defending policies that are killing veterans and the disabled at record numbers. #WhiteFlagProject

  • Reply s.j.j. Ormsfang December 22, 2018 at 12:43 am

  • Reply Antonio Acosta December 22, 2018 at 2:09 am

    the illegals are the cause of the epidemic Republicans are saying lmfao

  • Reply Ali Jordan December 22, 2018 at 2:26 am

    What’s crazy is the cost of making the medication I take is .10 cents per pill if that and they charge 3.50 a pill.. some other companies charge up to 10-12 bucks for the same thing

  • Reply mamabearluv December 22, 2018 at 2:41 am


  • Reply mai December 22, 2018 at 2:43 am

    They’re not judges. They’re tyranical handymen and handy-women.

  • Reply Poes Law December 22, 2018 at 3:18 am

    Almost all Big Pharama are made and owned by China today. Support the Trump tariffs to stop opioids from flooding this country.

  • Reply finitekosmos December 22, 2018 at 3:57 am

    Once more, America socialises the costs while privatising the corporate gains.

  • Reply David Ganson December 22, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Judges are bought and paid for!
    They've been for YEARS!
    ALL REPUBS are exactly the same!
    Underdealing the American people!
    They are ALL THIEVES!

  • Reply Sebastian Yu December 22, 2018 at 5:09 am

    “I don’t know she’s a terrible person”. Farron. I’m in ny just give ny her name and when her term is up. She’ll be out by populist pressure if anyone who has jurisdiction over her wants to be re-elected

  • Reply 1stfloorguy December 22, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Why should any corporations be held accountable for any type of damage?

  • Reply Warren Abeshouse December 22, 2018 at 7:06 am

    The State of New York should seek to have that ruling overturned in a higher court. Many American corporations are consumed with greed and never admit that anything they do is wrong. All that really must change.

  • Reply highrzr December 22, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Anything it takes to protect corporate profits and the wealthy…

  • Reply Quinton chapman December 22, 2018 at 9:06 am

    These Judges that keep striking down rulings because they’re corrupt it’s all about the Benjamin’s ???????

  • Reply Marcelline Choisne December 22, 2018 at 10:15 am

    its just impossible to clean up the opioid epidemic..when youre addict youre condemned,often,for a(short)life sentence..

  • Reply Satria Kurniawan Djaenal December 22, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    The United Corporations of America…

  • Reply Coach B December 25, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Only in a America!!!!!!

  • Reply horus bors December 27, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Wondering what corporation put judge there

  • Reply John Kesich January 6, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    How is this any different than bailing out the so called bankers who's fraud tanked the economy in 2008, and even letting them illegally evict millions from their homes?

    Leona Helmsly could have said, "The law is for the the little people."

  • Reply Spiderific! July 27, 2019 at 5:37 am

    And now Cuomo put that tax on consumers, pharmacists, and physicians. My grandmother can't fill her pain medicine prescription because pharmacists can't afford to get the medication in. I wrote to the health department asking them for guidance. They basically told me tough luck. They knew this would happen, and tell your grandmother's doctor to take her off opioid medication and use something else. She has bone cancer. Everyone who was apart of this should be ashamed of themselves. The American Cancer Society and patient advocates spoke out against doing this because of how it would affect patients. They went ahead with it anyway. Cuomo can go screw himself.

  • Reply Buliders OTW August 28, 2019 at 10:26 am

    It's not an epidemic number one the CDC lied about the numbers or got them wrong and admitted to it oh, so what it is is a crisis of conscience or a crisis of money cuz America is money hungry nobody forced these people take these pills if they're dead because of it c'est la vie you don't blame the alcohol manufacturers for the death of your dad they made the alcohol, or the gun manufacturer for manufacturing a gun did somebody else picked up and have a operate with a hand, to pick up a pill and put it in your mouth or put a pill in Melton stick in your arm is a purposeful action don't blame some of that makes pills gpp put people out of their agony and helped by manufacturing life-saving drugs and putting more of a strain on them… Selfish bullshit American bullshit

  • Reply Buliders OTW August 28, 2019 at 10:36 am

    There should be a responsibility Clause of the person or the parents of these people that are dying from taking too many pills, what the CDC lied about their numbers and they admitted it that's our numbers were almost 2/3 greater than what they really were by adding the Fentanyl and the heroin overdoses with the opiate overdose, the pill overdoses are one third of that number of 62000, and the judge was wrong of course the people and the parents are wrong of course parents have to be parents and watch your children that's your job, and if they turn into a addict or drug addict then get them help and if you can't help them well I don't know what to tell you but yeah the hole rulings wrong cuz you're punishing a company that developed a drug to help people that were suffering and pain like I do everyday these types of rulings hurt people in pain that are living with it daily but nobody gives a shit about them they'll just have to suffer right or the next time you're watching your grandmother suffer dying of cancer and that she asked for pain medication they said no you might overdose on it… Who gives a shit…

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