Beshear Calls On Federal Lawmaker To Increase Penalties On Drug Manufacturers

Posted at 2:22 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 14:22:58-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) – Attorney General Beshear is asking federal lawmakers to pass legislation that significantly increases the size of fines levied against irresponsible drug manufacturers.

The legislation would increase the civil penalty from $10,000 to $100,000 per violation and doubles the maximum criminal penalty from $250,000 to $500,000 per violation for drug manufacturers who fail to legally report suspiciously large volumes of their drugs to state and federal authorities. 

“While we are battling our drug epidemic at the state level, I’m urging our federal lawmakers to get the attention of any and all irresponsible drug manufacturers who willfully disregard the reporting of suspicious orders of their own drugs being funneled into Kentucky that are negatively impacting are families and communities,” Beshear said.

Beshear has filed five lawsuits against opioid manufacturers or distributors – Johnson and Johnson, Amerisource Bergen; Cardinal Health; McKesson Corporation; and Endo Pharmaceuticals – for their unfair, misleading and deceptive business practices in fueling Kentucky’s drug epidemic.