Who Is Eligible for the Suboxone Lawsuit?

Who Is Eligible for the Suboxone Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has struggled with opioid addiction, you may have heard about Suboxone.

Who Is Eligible for the Suboxone Lawsuit

Suboxone is a medication used to treat opioid dependence. It contains buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication that helps reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids to prevent abuse.

While Suboxone can aid in addiction treatment, the drug's manufacturer may have engaged in illegal marketing practices. As a result, plaintiffs have filed multiple lawsuits against the company that makes Suboxone.

But who exactly can join these lawsuits? What claims have plaintiffs made? And what could joining a suboxone lawsuit mean for those affected? Let's break it down.

What Are the Claims Against the Suboxone Manufacturer?

The main allegation is that the manufacturer of Suboxone engaged in false and deceptive marketing practices to increase profits. Specifically, the lawsuits claim that the company:

Promoted Suboxone for Unapproved Uses

The manufacturer allegedly went beyond promoting Suboxone just for its approved use of treating opioid dependence. Lawsuits claim the company marketed the drug for other, unapproved purposes to increase profits.

This could include claims that Suboxone was useful for treating chronic pain, as a first-line therapy before trying other options, or promoting it for longer-term use than intended.

Using a medication for off-label reasons that the FDA has not approved can put patients at risk if doctors don’t fully understand the drug's effects in those situations.

Minimized Abuse and Addiction Potential

While Suboxone contains buprenorphine, which is itself an opioid, the lawsuits allege the manufacturer deceptively downplayed or obscured the risk of abuse, dependence, or addiction.

Doctors must prescribe and monitor drugs like Suboxone. By misleadingly portraying the medication as having low or no abuse potential, the manufacturer may have caused its overprescription use by individuals who should not have used it.

Overstated Benefits Compared to Alternatives

The maker of Suboxone may have exaggerated the benefits and efficacy of its product compared to other available treatment options for opioid addiction and dependence. This could include inflating statistics about treatment successes or making the drug seem more effective than alternatives like methadone clinics or inpatient programs.

Promotional materials may have framed Suboxone as substantially superior to other drug therapies without having evidence to back up those claims. Overstating benefits could improperly influence doctors' and patients' treatment choices.

Provided Kickbacks for Prescribing Suboxone

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One of the most serious allegations is that the Suboxone manufacturer provided illegal kickbacks and incentives to doctors and healthcare providers to improperly prescribe its drug.

This could include:

  • Direct payments
  • Speaking/consulting fees
  • Free samples
  • Gifts
  • Other enticements

Laws prohibit pharmaceutical companies from giving anything of value to doctors in exchange for prescribing their drugs. It can lead to prescriptions based on financial motives rather than patient needs. These alleged kickbacks may have driven overprescription of Suboxone.

By allegedly exaggerating Suboxone's benefits and downplaying its risks, the lawsuits claim the manufacturer misled patients, doctors, and the public. This may have caused inappropriate use of the drug and harmed some patients in the process.

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Who is Eligible to Join?

In general, a few main groups may bring claims or join the litigation against the Suboxone manufacturer:

Patients Who Took Suboxone

If you were prescribed Suboxone after being misled about the drug's risks or benefits, you may file a claim against the manufacturer. This could apply if your doctor was improperly influenced or incentivized to prescribe the medication, even if it may not have been fully appropriate or necessary for your situation.

Additionally, if you experienced any harmful side effects, dependence issues, or other injuries that could potentially be linked to inappropriate use of Suboxone, you may have grounds to seek compensation. The manufacturer's alleged deceptive marketing practices may have ultimately caused patients to be prescribed the drug in a way that led to adverse impacts.

It's important for patients to have full information about the potential risks, benefits, and appropriate use of any medication. If a drug company misleads about details like this, it can break the trusted relationship between healthcare providers and the people they treat. Patients who took Suboxone improperly or were harmed may hold the manufacturer liable.

Health Care Providers

Doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and other medical professionals who prescribed, administered, or directly purchased Suboxone for their practices or facilities may have viable claims in this litigation.

The lawsuits accuse the drug manufacturer of providing incomplete, misleading, or outright false information about the appropriate uses and risks of prescribing Suboxone.


This misinformation may have improperly influenced treatment decisions by healthcare providers who relied on data from the company. It could have caused them to prescribe Suboxone more frequently, in ineligible situations, or for longer durations than intended based on the FDA-approved labeling and guidance.

Medical professionals have a duty to make carefully informed decisions in the best interests of their patients' care. If they were denied access to full, accurate information from a pharmaceutical company due to deceptive marketing practices, it may give them grounds to pursue claims for the impact it had on their practice and ability to properly treat patients.

Health Care Payers

Insurance companies, government health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid, military providers, and other payers who covered the costs of Suboxone prescriptions and treatment may potentially have claims in this litigation.

Their position is that if the medication was obtained improperly or used inappropriately due to the manufacturer's allegedly deceptive marketing, it may give them grounds to seek compensation.

Healthcare payers rely on accurate information from drug makers to:

  • Set coverage policies
  • Control costs
  • Ensure they are only reimbursing for properly prescribed medications

If a manufacturer engages in illegal marketing practices that lead to medically unnecessary prescriptions being covered, it can inflate costs for payers and misallocate healthcare resources.

As major purchasers of pharmaceuticals, payers have a vested interest in making sure marketing and promotion by drug companies follows all laws and regulations. They may seek to recover any costs they unnecessarily incurred due to misleading marketing tactics around Suboxone.

Governmental Entities

States, municipalities, counties, and other governmental bodies at all levels may have potential claims if they ultimately helped subsidize or pay for public health care costs related to improper Suboxone prescriptions.

This could include costs paid through Medicaid, veterans' care programs, public employee health plans, or other government-funded medical coverage.

If the manufacturer's conduct caused Suboxone to be overprescribed, used for too long, or prescribed without properly assessing risks, it may have generated significant public healthcare expenditures that could have been avoided.

Joining a Lawsuit

Alleged violations of marketing laws that drove up prescription volumes could translate into enormous costs for government payers.

By pursuing claims, states and other public entities may seek to recover damages to offset costs they should not have incurred. It could provide funds to reinvest in addiction treatment, prevention efforts, and programs to remediate the public health consequences of the opioid crisis in their communities.

All of these groups would need to be able to show specific financial injuries or harm caused by the manufacturer's alleged actions. Just taking Suboxone alone may not qualify someone to join a lawsuit.

What Could Joining a Lawsuit Mean?

If found liable, the manufacturer of Suboxone may need to pay damages to those harmed. This could translate into financial compensation for eligible plaintiffs who can demonstrate injuries.

Potential compensation could cover:

  • Medical costs and expenses related to Suboxone use
  • Costs for alternative treatment or hospitalization
  • Physical injuries or health complications caused by the drug
  • Monetary losses from missing work or employment-related implications

However, the total amount and how it gets distributed would depend on the specific claims, number of plaintiffs, representations made in the lawsuit, and other factors. No guarantee of compensation can be made.

Some lawsuits against drug manufacturers have also resulted in requirements for:

  • Funding for addiction treatment, education, or prevention programs
  • Changes to marketing, sales, and promotion practices
  • Releasing data from clinical trials
  • Other remedies beyond just financial penalties

The full impacts won't be clear until if/when a settlement or jury verdict is reached. However, the goal of the Suboxone litigation is to hold the manufacturer accountable.

What to Do If You Qualify

If you believe you, your organization, or a loved one was negatively impacted due to the allegedly deceptive marketing of Suboxone, speak to a lawyer. An experienced attorney can:

Review Your Specific Situation and Details

Before you can potentially join a lawsuit like the Suboxone litigation, an experienced lawyer will need to review all the specific details and circumstances surrounding your situation.

Your lawyer will want to know details like:

  • The reasons Suboxone was prescribed or administered
  • What representations were made about its risks and benefits
  • Whether any injuries or harm occurred
  • Costs you incurred
  • Any other relevant background information.

No two cases are exactly alike. Your lawyer will need this individualized understanding to evaluate the potential strengths and validity of your claim. Without this case-specific review, it's impossible to determine if you meet the criteria to join the litigation.

Determine If You Have a Valid Claim

Once your lawyer has all the relevant facts about your experience with Suboxone and the drug manufacturer's conduct, they will analyze the details to determine if you may have a viable, legally valid claim.

They'll evaluate whether you experienced any concrete financial injuries or damages that your lawyer can track back to the company's alleged deceptive marketing practices around Suboxone.

Your lawyer will look at factors like:

  • Whether you took Suboxone for an unapproved use
  • If risks were misrepresented to you
  • Any other misrepresentations that may have influenced the inappropriate prescribing of the medication.

Your lawyer will also explain the types of claims you may be able to make, such as product liability, consumer protection violations, or others, based on the specific set of laws and facts involved in your situation. If a valid claim exists, they'll walk you through the process of officially joining the litigation.

Explain the Process and Expectations

If your attorney determines you may have a valid claim related to Suboxone's marketing, they will make sure you understand all the details about participating in the lawsuits going forward. This includes explaining each step of the legal process you'll go through.

Your lawyer will let you know:

  • What paperwork or documentation you may need to provide
  • Requirements for sharing relevant information
  • Upcoming deadlines
  • Any actions you may need to take

Your lawyer will describe how long the litigation could potentially take from start to finish based on similar cases.

You'll get a clear overview of what's involved in pursuing your claim, both in terms of the requirements on your end as well as what the attorneys will handle behind the scenes. Your lawyer will explain their legal strategy, how they'll build your case, potential timelines, and what to expect along the way.

Having this transparency about logistics and expectations can help take some of the uncertainty out of the process. Your attorney will make sure you understand what you may be getting into before deciding how to proceed.

Protect Your Rights and Meet Deadlines

One of the biggest benefits of hiring an experienced lawyer for a pharmaceutical case like Suboxone is that they will protect all your rights and not miss any deadlines throughout the litigation process.

There are very strict statutes of limitation that only give you a limited time to get your claim filed. Your lawyer will make sure they preserve evidence and take all required notice actions before these deadlines pass.

They'll also monitor other case deadlines like:

  • Court dates
  • Discovery schedules
  • Settlement conference timelines
drug manufacturer

Missed deadlines can potentially jeopardize your entire claim. You need an attorney to ensure you don't let any dates slip through the cracks.

These lawsuits are complex, so having proper legal representation is advised. A qualified lawyer can advocate for your interests during all phases of a pharmaceutical case like this.

Don't wait too long, either. There are certain time limits, called statutes of limitation, on when you must file a lawsuit following an alleged injury or harm. Missing these deadlines could prevent you from joining a lawsuit, even if you were directly harmed by Suboxone.

Discuss Your Options With a Lawyer

Opioid addiction is a serious crisis that has destroyed millions of lives across the country and left countless others harmed. While medications like Suboxone can play an important role in treatment, manufacturers must market them ethically. They must make the risks clear.

If a drug manufacturer misleads doctors and patients about the safety or benefits of its products, you can hold it accountable. That is what lawsuits regarding Suboxone want to accomplish.

If you think you, your organization, or a family member were harmed by the allegedly deceptive marketing around this drug, have a lawyer review your case. An experienced attorney can go over the details, explain your options, and determine if you may have a valid claim.

Don't wait too long or go it alone when your rights are at stake. Get in touch with a qualified lawyer today to explore your options and protect your ability to join the Suboxone litigation. A free case review is only a call or click away.


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has represented over 11,000 injury victims and has served as lead counsel in over 1000 lawsuits. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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