Philip Federico, Founding Partner of Schochor, Federico, and Staton, P.A., Discusses Opioid Epidemic on i24 News
Philip Federico, a founding and senior partner with the major Maryland law firm of Schochor, Federico, and Staton, P.A. explored the opioid epidemic with i24 News on April 29. During a live interview, he expressed strong opinions about the culpability of drug manufacturers and distributors in helping to create the opioid crisis.
Mr. Federico is currently co-chairing a consortium of attorneys and law firms in Florida and South Carolina in opioid litigation where they represent more than 24 counties and cities.
A Growing Crisis
Sadly, the opioid crisis keeps growing. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), more than 115 people in the U.S. die every day from an opioid overdose. South Carolina, for example, has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic – with tragic results. According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, 2016 figures reveal regions experiencing the highest death tolls from opioid addiction on record.
Mr. Federico believes that the media has been very helpful in raising awareness of the opioid crisis. “It’s really apparent that everybody is now aware of the addictive nature of opioids. Previously, the country had been deceived by the manufacturers and distributors of these dangerous medications.”
Continued Mr. Federico, “Politically, what’s unique is that whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or an independent, you now understand the opioid crisis is a menace that needs to be dealt with swiftly.”
Holding the Drug Companies Responsible
Mr. Federico stressed that the opioid crisis is a problem created by manufacturers. “Oxycontin was developed for the express purpose of 7-10 days maximum use to help patients in severe pain, unless you had a terminal illness that negated the issue of addiction.”
However, drug manufacturers quickly realized that the use of Oxycontin to treat long-term pain would result in vast profits. Distributors were also lured into the situation by the promise of easy profits. Although some physicians are guilty of overprescribing these medications, the truth is that drug companies lied to the medical community about the addictive nature of Oxycontin and other opioids.
The challenge in obtaining a conviction for a drug company is that it is necessary to prove intent. The discovery process, however, has enabled attorneys to obtain documents that show what these companies knew about the highly addictive nature of opioids and when they knew it. Also evident is the fact that these companies were concealing this information from the medical community, which led physicans to prescribe Oxycontin and other opioids without knowing the truth about potential addiction issues.
Explained Mr. Federico, “These companies were driven by profit and the concept of intent is evident on every page of the documents we’ve obtained. Our goal at Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A., is to hold the pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributers accountable for the pain they’ve caused and the lives they’ve destroyed. Last year alone, 48,000 people died from opioid related issues.”
What will it take to resolve this issue? Concluded Mr. Federico, “I think that, because the opioid crisis affects everyone no matter their race or socioeconomic status, it’s going to take a concerted effort to resolve the situation. Ultimately, it’s about accountability.”
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