Companies that made, sold, or distributed opioid painkillers are paying out more than $50 billion in settlements over nearly two decades. So far, more than $3 billion has landed in state, county, and city coffers. KFF Health News obtained documents from BrownGreer, a court-appointed firm administering the settlements, which show exact dollar amounts — down to the cent — that local governments have been allocated so far. Curious to see how much your locality has received? Click on the documents below.
“Distributors” refers to the pharmaceutical distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson, which settled jointly with states. Distributors made their first payment in 2021. It was held in escrow and delivered to states in 2022. The distributors’ second payment was made in 2022 as well. The distributors’ third payment was made in 2023.
Janssen is the pharmaceutical subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Janssen made its first payment in 2022. Some states chose to accelerate their payouts and received a larger amount that first year, taken out of their allotments for future years. Janssen made its second payment in 2023.
Documents for some states are not available because those states were not part of national settlement agreements, had unique settlement terms, or opted not to have their payments distributed via BrownGreer. In some cases, BrownGreer combined the payments for multiple years into one document.
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