Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) has agreed to pay $99 million to put opioid-related claims in the State of West Virginia to bed.
The state has removed J&J from an ongoing trial in Kanawha County.
West Virginia’s attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, concluded that state’s decision not to join a nationwide settlement was worthwhile because the state received twice as much money from the state-based settlement than it would have otherwise received. The state would have received $48 million under the national settlement.
West Virginia will use the funds to support community efforts targeting the opioid crisis.
The settlement did not include an admission of liability or wrongdoing.
The settlement related to former sales of the drugs Duragesic (fentanyl transdermal system), Nucynta (tapentadol) and Nucynta ER, which
West Virginia had accused Janssen, Teva and Allergan of violating state laws related to shipping opioids.
In 2015, Johnson & Johnson divested U.S. license rights for Nucynta-based products.
The company permanently discontinued sales of Duragesic transdermal systems in 2020.
JNJ shares were up 0.16% to $180.22 in morning trading.
West Virginia has an ongoing trial naming Teva Pharmaceuticals and Allergan.