Freeman Health System joins 11 other Missouri hospitals in lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

On April 16 Freeman Health System and 11 other Missouri based hospitals filed a civil lawsuit against manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of opioids. The suit alleges those groups are largely responsible for what the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services calls a crisis and the associated health care costs resulting from patients with opioid-related health conditions. It also describes deceptive marketing towards hospitals and physicians relating to the addictiveness of the drugs. In a statement, Freeman officials said they were deceived about the drugs but have since made changes regarding prescriptions. They go on to say they have been financially burdened from subsidizing many of the expenses of treating patients addicted to opioids, and thus they are seeking financial funding from the drug manufacturers and distributors to help offset the cost of treatment.