NJ Politics Digest: NJ Sues Drug Company Over ‘Evil’ Sales Scheme

N.J. Attorney General Chris Porrino The State of New Jersey

New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino accused a drug company of an “evil” scheme to boost sales of a fentanyl painkiller after the state filed a lawsuit Thursday against the firm, according to reports.

The state’s lawsuit alleges that Insys Therapeutics instructed its sales team to have doctors prescribe the drug “Subsys” for all types of chronic pain, even though it was just approved for cancer patients, according to the Associated Press. New Jersey also claims the company created false records to get insurers to pay for prescriptions for people who didn’t need the drug.

Just days after saying new gun laws won’t stop mass shootings, Gov. Chris Christie is open to further curbing a gun accessory found in the hotel room of the Las Vegas shooter, according to his spokesman. Democratic and Republican state lawmakers have introduced legislation banning the accessory, called a “bump stock,” which allows shooters to fire bullets rapidly, resembling automatic fire.

And Senate President Steve Sweeney said he plans to talk to Christie about finding different funding sources for the governor’s opioid programs. Christie grabbed money meant for preschool expansion and other Democratic priorities, but Sweeney said he wants those funds back. “We feel he can find it somewhere else, even if he takes it out of surplus,” he told reporters.

Quote of the Day: “The conduct alleged in our lawsuit is nothing short of evil.” — Attorney General Christopher Porrino.

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NJ Politics Digest: NJ Sues Drug Company Over ‘Evil’ Sales Scheme