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March 30th, 2017

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Newsletter 3/30/17

I wanted to make sure you saw the big news. On Tuesday I launched a wide-ranging investigation into the companies that manufacture America's top-five prescription opioid products.

WATCH this short video on my new opioid investigation

All across our state, and across the country, communities are being devastated by the opioid crisis—and based on past evidence, we have reason to believe that some pharmaceutical companies may have intentionally misled the public and played a role in creating the epidemic to boost their bottom lines.

Investigations are a long process and we have a lot of work ahead of us—but this week we got the ball rolling with letters to Purdue, Johnson & Johnson, Insys, Mylan, and Depomed, asking for information on the sales, marketing, and education strategies they use to promote opioid prescription and use.

READ NOW: The Senate may finally try to hold big pharma accountable for the opioid epidemic

Good oversight and investigations can sometimes make a bigger difference in our lives than a new bill or legislation can—and as this investigation moves along, I'll make sure to keep you up-to-date every step of the way.

Learn more about my investigation at www.mccaskill.senate.gov/opioid-investigation.

All the best

Claire

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