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Letter: Pharma suit

Editor:

Today’s front page article “Prescott sues big pharma” (April 25) raises several interesting questions. The article cites “corporate greed” as the main villain. But isn’t it true doctors prescribe those opioid drugs? And pharmacists fill them? Are they complicit in this “crisis”? But of course Big Pharma is the ideal bad guy, and they have such nice deep pockets.

And then there is the lure of “free money”. The article tells us the suit will be “... at no expense to the city or its taxpayers”, without further explanation. How can that be? The probable answer: a contingency deal with outside attorneys.

The keep a share — 30%? 50%? — of the judgement against Big Pharma. Or more likely a negotiated settlement. A nice payday for all, except the folks providing us with the meds we rely on every day.

The article doesn’t say very much about how the city plans to use this windfall. Maybe reduce the current tax burdens on city taxpayers? Anybody believe that? More likely simply find still more urgently needed and underfunded programs.

And finally, the suit mentions various victim groups, “... including the elderly and veterans ...”. As a USAF vet (1960-66) and elderly citizen (born 1941), I don’t recall being asked whether this suit is a good idea. Why is that?

Business as usual at City Hall.

John Stevens

Prescott

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