Tennessee Signed Contract With Consulting Firm While Also Investigating it for Role in Opioid Epidemic

by Vivian Jones


Tennessee entered into a consulting contract with Washington-based McKinsey & Company consulting firm while the state attorney general was investigating the firm for its role in the opioid epidemic, state records show.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery recently announced the state would receive more than $15 million from a multi-state lawsuit settlement with McKinsey over the firm’s role in consulting opioid manufacturers on how to best market and profit from opioid drug sales.

Court documents from the January lawsuit reveal McKinsey advised Oxycontin manufacturer Purdue Pharma on how to circumvent pharmacy restrictions to deliver high-dose prescriptions and how to target high-volume opioid prescribers in order to reap the most profit from sales of the drug.

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Vivian Jones reports on Tennessee and South Carolina for The Center Square.
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