Does Congressman Jim Renacci Still Think Holding Opioid Manufacturers Accountable Is ‘A Waste?’

May 30, 2018

COLUMBUS — A new investigation from the New York Times this week revealed that drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma was aware of “‘significant’ abuse of OxyContin in the first years after the drug’s introduction in 1996 and concealed that information.” This bombshell report raises questions for Congressman Jim Renacci, who is a loyal ally for Big Pharma in Congress and previously criticized a bipartisan effort by state attorneys general to hold opioid manufacturers accountable for the epidemic.

Back in November, Renacci called the lawsuit a “waste,” and declined to say whether he thought that pharmaceutical manufacturers who knowingly misled the public about the dangers of these drugs should be brought to justice. He also conveniently skipped a vote in 2017 that would’ve allowed medical malpractice lawsuits against opioid prescribers.

“Congressman Jim Renacci has previously called a bipartisan effort to hold opioid manufacturers accountable for their role in the crisis a ‘waste,’ all while raking in more than $170,000 from the pharmaceutical industry,” said Lara Sisselman, spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party. “The evidence continues to mount showing drug manufacturers should be held accountable for their actions. Will Congressman Renacci reverse course and support bringing those culpable to justice, or will he continue to protect the wealthy special interests who fill his campaign coffers at the expense of Ohio families?”

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