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BOSTON (Legal Newsline) —A Massachusetts law regulating opioid painkillers is the most comprehensive in the nation and contains an unusual provision that restricts first-time prescriptions to a seven-day supply.
The agency’s final guidelines were released earlier this month, recommending primary care physicians use other therapies for chronic pain and exercise caution when prescribing the prescription drugs. The Washington Legal Foundation says it fears plaintiffs firms, some of which have ties to the guideline development committee, will end up using them in their pending litigation against drug makers.
The prominent plaintiffs law firm -- known for its class action lawsuits and having been hired by a number of state attorneys general in recent years -- currently is helping to represent the City of Chicago in a lawsuit filed against a group of pharmaceutical companies over the marketing of opioid painkillers.