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Romanian Prosecutors Probe China Tobacco for Millions of ‘Disappeared’ Cigarettes

Anti-organized crime prosecutors are investigating China Tobacco in Romania for possible links to smuggling by organized crime groups. (OCCRP/RISE Romania, UK/Rumänien, 10.01.2023)

https://www.occrp.org/en/loosetobacco/china-tobacco-goes-global/romanian-prosecutors-probe-china-tobacco-for-millions-of-disappeared-cigarettes

USA. DOJ sues pharmaceutical distributor for more than $1B over role in opioid epidemic

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Thursday filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against AmerisourceBergen Corp., a drug distributor the DOJ alleges “fueled” the country’s opioid epidemic.

The complaint claims AmerisourceBergen, one of the country’s largest drug distributors, repeatedly refused to fulfill its legal obligation to report suspicious orders or alert the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to suspicious customer behavior. The DOJ also alleges that AmerisourceBergen continually violated the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) by failing to follow the proper steps for distributing opioids under the Act. The DOJ filed the complaint in civil court and seeks over $1 billion in damages. (Jurist, USA, 29.12.2022)

https://www.jurist.org/news/2022/12/doj-sues-pharmaceutical-distributor-for-more-than-1b-over-role-in-opioid-epidemic/

Elsevier must end its fossil fuel partnerships and subsidies

Macmillan, Alex et al.

The Lancet, Volume 0, Issue 0 

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(22)02418-7/fulltext

USA. Walmart zahlt wegen Opioidkrise in den USA Milliarden

New York – Wegen der Opioidkrise in den USA zahlt der Supermarktriese Walmart 3,1 Milliarden Dollar (rund drei Milliarden Euro) Schadenersatz. Im Zuge eines Vergleichs sollen dafür von Bundesstaaten, Landkreisen, Gemeinden und Indigenenstämme angestrengte Justizverfahren gegen Walmart eingestellt werden, wie der Konzern, der in seinen Märkten auch Apotheken betreibt, gestern mitteilte. (aerzteblatt.de, 16.11.2022)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/138874/Walmart-zahlt-wegen-Opioidkrise-in-den-USA-Milliarden

USA. Schmerzmittelsucht in den USA - Walmart zahlt mehr als drei Milliarden Dollar wegen Opioidkrise 

In den USA wird Unternehmen vorgeworfen, mitverantwortlich für die Medikamentensucht von Millionen Menschen zu sein. Walmart wurde bereits zu einer hohen Geldstrafe verurteilt – und hat nun einen teuren Vergleich geschlossen. (Spiegel online, 16.11.2022)

https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/unternehmen/usa-walmart-zahlt-mehr-als-drei-milliarden-dollar-wegen-opioid-krise-a-a514b809-febd-4aa1-b771-49ef4cff252a

USA. People Harmed by Drug War Get NY’s First Cannabis Retail Licenses

New York regulators have approved the state’s first-ever licenses for recreational marijuana retailers. Most of the businesses are owned by people who’ve been impacted by the drug war, while others are run by nonprofit organizations that have a history of helping people reenter society after incarceration. (Filter, USA, 21.11.2022)

https://filtermag.org/new-york-cannabis-retail-justice-licences

USA. Teva to pay $523 mln to New York as it looks to move past opioid lawsuits

JERUSALEM, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TEVA.TA) will pay up to $523 million to New York State as part of a nationwide settlement of lawsuits alleging the company helped fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic. (Reuters, 03.11.2022)

https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/teva-pharmaceutical-lowers-guidance-after-profit-miss-2022-11-03/

USA. US-Apothekenkette zahlt wegen Opioidkrise Schadenersatz

New York – Wegen der Opioidkrise in den USA hat sich die Apothekenkette CVS zur Zahlung von rund fünf Milliarden Dollar (rund fünf Milliarden Euro) Schadenersatz bereiterklärt. (aerzteblatt.de, 02.11.2022)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/138546/US-Apothekenkette-zahlt-wegen-Opioidkrise-Schadenersatz

The emperor has no clothes: a synthesis of findings from the Transformative Research on the Alcohol industry, Policy and Science research programme. 

McCambridge, J, Mitchell, G, Lesch, M, Filippou, A, Golder, S, Garry, J, et al.

Addiction. 2022. doi.org/10.1111/add.16058

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/add.16058

California Cannabis Markets—Why Industry-Friendly Regulation Is Not Good Public Health. 

Young-Wolff KC, Pacula RL, Silver LD. 

JAMA Health Forum. 2022;3(7):e222018. doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2022.2018

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama-health-forum/fullarticle/2794132

USA. OPIOID INDUSTRY DOCUMENTS

An archive of millions of documents created by opioid manufacturers and related companies, hosted by the UCSF Library in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University.

https://www.industrydocuments.ucsf.edu/opioids/

USA. McKinsey reaches deal with US local governments over opioids

McKinsey has been accused of aggressively pushing opioid sales, including targeting doctors who were heavy prescribers. (Al Jazzera, Katar, 27.10.2022)

https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2022/10/27/mckinsey-reaches-deal-with-us-local-governments-over-opioids

Neuerscheinung: Imperium der Schmerzen. Wie eine Familiendynastie die weltweite Opioidkrise auslöste

Autor: Patrick Radden Keefe

Verlag: hanserblau

Sachbuch, 720 Seiten

Übersetzt aus dem amerikanischen Englisch von Gregor Runge, Benjamin Dittmann-Bieber und Kattrin Stier

€ 36,00 [D] / € 37,10 [A]

ISBN 978-3-446-27392-4
Erscheinungstermin: 24. Oktober 2022

PRESSEINFORMATION

1996 brachte der amerikanische Pharmakonzern Purdue das Schmerzmittel OxyContin auf den Markt und löstedamit eine bis heute grassierende Opioidkrise aus, die bisher etwa 500.000 Todesopfer in den USA forderte.Der renommierte The-New-Yorker-Journalist Patrick Radden Keefe enthüllt in seinem preisgekrönten BuchImperium der Schmerzen die mafiösen und skrupellosen Machenschaften der US-Milliardärsdynastie Sackler,Inhaberfamilie von Purdue Pharma, die mit dem Opioid Oxycodon eine Nation in die Drogensucht stürzte undsich daran bereicherte. Keefe zeichnet das große, verstörende Porträt einer Familie, die sich als internationalePhilanthrop:innen feiern ließen, doch deren Verstrickung in einen der weltweit größten Arzneimittelskandalesie als rücksichtlos und profitgierig enttarnt. Imperium der Schmerzen ist nicht nur ein Meisterwerk dernarrativen Reportage, sondern auch ein Bild der Exzesse des Zweiten Goldenen Zeitalters in Amerika, eineStudie der Kultur der Straflosigkeit der Superreichen, ihrer nackten Gier und Gleichgültigkeit demunermesslichen menschlichen Leiden gegenüber, auf dem eines der größten Vermögen der Welt fußt.

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V&A drops financial ties with Sackler family over links with opioids

London museum bows to years of pressure and removes signs bearing name of family associated with OxyContin crisis. (The Guardian, UK, 01.10.2022)

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/oct/01/campaigners-celebrate-as-va-severs-sackler-links-over-opioids-cash

The environmental impact of tobacco products: Time to increase awareness and action. 

Morphett, K., Hyland, A., Sellars, D. and Gartner, C. (2022), 

Addiction. doi.org/10.1111/add.16046

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/add.16046

E-Zigaretten-Hersteller Juul muss Bußgeld zahlen

New York – Der E-Zigaretten-Hersteller Juul Labs hat sich mit 34 US-Bundesstaaten auf die Zahlung von Bußgeld in Höhe von 438,5 Millionen Dollar (442,8 Millionen Euro) geeinigt, um ein Verfahren gegen ihn beizulegen. (aerzteblatt.de, 07.09.2022)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/137194/E-Zigaretten-Hersteller-Juul-muss-Bussgeld-zahlen

U.S. cannabis laws projected to cost generic and brand pharmaceutical firms billions. 

Bednarek Z, Doremus JM, Stith SS (2022) 

PLoS ONE 17(8): e0272492. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0272492

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0272492

USA. CVS, Walgreens and Walmart ordered to pay 2 Ohio counties $650 million in opioids suit

CVS, Walgreens and Walmart ordered to pay 2 Ohio counties $650 million in opioids suit

A federal judge in Cleveland awarded $650 million in damages Wednesday to two Ohio counties that won a landmark lawsuit against national pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, claiming the way they distributed opioids to customers caused severe harm to communities. (CBS, USA, 17.08.2022)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/opioids-ohio-650-million-cvs-walmart-walgreens-lawsuit/

USA. Teva Reaches Tentative $4.25 Billion Settlement Over Opioids

The deal would end thousands of lawsuits against one of the largest producers of opioid painkillers during the height of the opioid epidemic. )New York Times, USA, 26.07.2022)

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/26/health/teva-opioids-settlement.html

WHO raises alarm on tobacco industry environmental impact

WHO has today revealed new information on the extent to which tobacco damages both the environment and human health, calling for steps to make the industry more accountable for the destruction it is causing.

Every year the tobacco industry costs the world more than 8 million human lives, 600 million trees, 200 000 hectares of land, 22 billion tonnes of water and 84 million tonnes of CO2.  (WHO, Genf, 31.05.2022)

https://www.who.int/news/item/31-05-2022-who-raises-alarm-on-tobacco-industry-environmental-impact

WHO. Tobacco: poisoning our planet

Tobacco use is a well-documented threat to global health, and in the area of tobacco control, extensive work has been done to communicate the health risks of tobacco use and to reduce the demand for tobacco through effective policy interventions. What has been less discussed or documented are the environmental health risks of tobacco cultivation, production, distribution, consumption and waste. The harmful impact of the tobacco industry on the environment is vast and growing, and has thus far received relatively little attention from researchers and policy-makers. 

The environmental consequences of tobacco use move it from being a human problem to a planetary problem. It is not just about the lives of tobacco users and those around them, or even those involved in tobacco production. Tobacco can no longer be categorized simply as a health threat – it is a threat to human development as a whole. (WHO, Genf, 22.05.2022)

https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240051287

USA. AbbVie's Allergan Reaches $2 Billion Opioid Lawsuit Settlement

(Reuters) - AbbVie Inc's unit Allergan has reached an agreement to pay over $2 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits related to the marketing of its opioid painkiller, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. (Reuters, 28.07.2022)

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/978140

Teva wegen Opioidkrise zu Milliardenzahlung bereit

Washington – In der Opioidkrise in den USA hat sich der israelische Pharmakonzern Teva zur Zahlung von mehr als vier Milliarden Dollar bereiterklärt, um Klagen beizulegen. (arzteblatt.de, 27.07.2022)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/136246/Teva-wegen-Opioidkrise-zu-Milliardenzahlung-bereit

Schweiz. Guilty: Credit Suisse hit with money laundering conviction

The verdict is the first ever criminal conviction of a major Swiss lender in the country’s history. (Al Jazeera/Bloomberg, Katar/USA, 27.06.2022)

https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2022/6/27/guilty-credit-suisse-hit-with-money-laundering-conviction

Worldwide spirits sales up 9% in 2021

The global spirits market grew to a value of €464 billion (US$490.3bn) in 2021 but was unable to return to pre-pandemic levels, new data has revealed.

Total spirits sales rose by 9% in 2021, according to WSA data 

The data was shared in the first Global Economic Footprint Brochure from the World Spirits Alliance (WSA), called: Global Sector – Local impact. The economic contribution of distilling & spirits production.

According to the report, the total spirits market grew by 9% in value terms in 2021. However, this was not enough to offset the 13.1% drop in sales experienced in 2020. (The Spirits Business, 21.06.2022)

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2022/06/worldwide-spirits-sales-up-9-in-2021/

Weltgesundheitsorganisation: Umweltschäden durch Tabak enorm

Genf – Das Rauchen schadet nicht nur der Gesundheit, sondern auch der Umwelt enorm. Das zeigt die Weltge­sundheitsorganisation (WHO) in einem neuen Bericht unter dem Titel „Tabak: Vergiftung unseres Planeten“ auf. (aerzteblatt.de, 31.05.2022)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/134684/Weltgesundheitsorganisation-Umweltschaeden-durch-Tabak-enorm

Utilization, Spending, and Price of Opioid Medications in the US Medicaid Programs Between 1991 and 2019. 

Alsultan MM, Guo JJ. 

Am Health Drug Benefits. 2022 Mar;15(1):31-37. PMID: 35586617; PMCID: PMC9038001.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9038001/

Tobacco industry is “talking trash” on environmental harms of production, say WHO and watchdog 

Taylor L. 

BMJ 2022; 377 :o1211 doi:10.1136/bmj.o1211 

https://www.bmj.com/content/377/bmj.o1211

USA. Opioid industry archive releases 1.4M documents from leading opioid maker implicated in drug crisis

UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins University have announced the addition of 1.4 million documents to their Opioid Industry Documents Archive from Mallinckrodt, a leading generic opioid manufacturer now in bankruptcy. The company is one of many in the opioid industry currently implicated in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people due to misleading marketing, sales, distribution, dispensing, and governance practices. (MedicalXpress, USA, 11.05.2022)

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-05-opioid-industry-archive-14m-documents.html

Online Pharmacies Selling Prescription Drugs: Systematic Review. 

Long CS, Kumaran H, Goh KW, Bakrin FS, Ming LC, Rehman IU, Dhaliwal JS, Hadi MA, Sim YW, Tan CS. 

Pharmacy (Basel). 2022 Apr 1;10(2):42. doi: 10.3390/pharmacy10020042. PMID: 35448701; PMCID: PMC9031186.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9031186/