Opioid manufacturers created an opioid crisis in Canada and the United States. Some have already pleaded guilty to misrepresenting opioids as a safe and effective treatment for chronic pain. They misrepresented opioids as less addictive than they actually are and failed to react to warning signs that they were being diverted to the black market.
This case alleges that McKinsey counselled the opioid manufacturers on how to do so. As consultants, McKinsey identified doctors susceptible to over-prescribing, crafted messages to misinform doctors, and convinced manufacturers to look the other way when opioids were diverted to the black market.
McKinsey is a leading global consulting firm with annual revenues of more than $10 billion.
The claim seeks to represent all Canadians who were prescribed and became addicted to one of the opioids sold by McKinsey’s clients.