Civil lawsuits don’t deter pharmaceuticals - they’re nothing more than write-offs
That's what 17 New Hampshire legislators think:
A group of 17 New Hampshire legislators want the state’s Attorney General to pursue a criminal investigation into several drugmakers that sell antipsychotics after learning the state’s Medicaid program has spent increasingly large amounts on these medications for children.
In a May 6 letter, the legislators wrote that “civil actions merely appear to be write-offs as business expenses to drug manufacturers in cases like Vioxx, OxyContin, Neurontin, Paxil and those mentioned above. A criminal deterrent is needed to protect our children and others placed on powerful medications.” Their letter notes state spending rose from $300,000 in 2000 to $4 million last year.