State Officials, Pharmacies, Doctors Named in Opioid Lawsuit
April 17, 2017 | Opioid Crisis
“The doctor and his staff took advantage of their patients to continue to fund his lavish lifestyle, at the expense of the health of patients such as Mr. Floyd,” said his attorney Joseph L. Ciaccio, of the law firm Napoli Shkolnik.
Alvin Floyd said that doctors at the Brooklyn Clinic Parkville Medical Health were prescribing him as many as 120 30mg pills a day to manage pain related to a hip replacement. At one point Floyd was taking up to six pills a day, including oxycodone, oxymorphone, morphine, muscle relaxants and other opioids.
All the opioids left Floyd feeling like he was in a “fog” and lead to high blood pressure and weight gain. It also left him unable to pursue his dreams of recording music and being able to keep his clothing line business.
After Parkville was raided by law enforcement officials for allegedly running a pill mill, Floyd began to go through medication withdrawal. He says he became depressed, was unable to sleep and suffered from painful stomach cramps.
Floyd has filed a lawsuit related to the alleged narcotics scheme. It is reported that it was orchestrated, in part, by former state Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny (D-Brooklyn). The suit also names Floyd’s doctor, the clinic and pharmaceutical companies such as Duane Reade, where his prescriptions were filled. The suit states that the companies and pharmacy ignored obvious warning signs that the clinic was running a pill mill.
“They acted with complete disregard for human dignity,” said Paul Napoli, another attorney for Floyd.
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This is a very tragic situation that has occurred, and this story is just one of thousands, potentially millions stemming from the opioid epidemic. Our attorneys have become dedicated to helping individuals, towns, cities, and municipalities seek damages. The pharmaceutical companies and doctors have allegedly been playing “fast and loose” with the health of their patients in order to reap profits. This comes at the cost of countless lives and potentially millions of dollars spend fighting this epidemic.
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