McKinsey reaches $573m settlement over opioid crisis: US media

Washington (AFP) – Global consultancy firm McKinsey has reached a rare $573 million settlement with US states over claims that the company’s advice to pharmaceutical giants contributed to the deadly opioid crisis, US media reported Wednesday. Almost half a million Americans died in overdoses from both prescription and illegal opioids between 1999 and 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. McKinsey worked with Perdue Pharma — which last year pleaded guilty to criminal charges over the production and sale of prescription opioid OxyContin — advising the firm how to “…

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