Capitol Notebook: Iowa Receives Millions in Opioid Settlements

Also, Terrace Hill is getting ready for Christmas

Capitol Notebook: Iowa Receives Millions in Opioid Settlements

Four women wearing Cedar Rapids ties used hydrangeas grown on the Terrace Hill property to decorate one of four Christmas trees on display at the Governor’s Mansion in Des Moines in December 2019. The annual Christmas party on Terrace Hill is scheduled for December 18th this year from 1pm to 4pm. (Contributed by Mary Cherrier)

Iowa will receive $42.6 million in multi-state settlements involving two opioid makers, Attorney General Tom Miller has announced.

The settlements reached with Teva Pharmaceuticals and Allergan will provide up to $6.6 billion to several states and require drugmakers to change practices and transparency measures.

“These settlements will not only provide $6.6 billion nationwide to address the opioid crisis, but they will also require changes to reduce the risk of addicts,” Miller said in a Tuesday news release.

“We have held Teva and Allergan accountable for misleading marketing of opioids and failure to maintain effective controls to prevent diversion. And we will continue to make sure victims of this epidemic get the help they need.”

The lawsuits allege that both companies engaged in misleading marketing of opioids. States alleged that Teva failed to properly monitor suspicious orders and that Allergan failed to take effective action to prevent opioid diversion.

In addition to the financial settlement, Teva has agreed to stop promoting opioids; not fund third parties for the promotion of opioids; do not advocate for opioid-related action; Monitoring for off-label use of some prescription fentanyl products; share clinical data about third parties; disclosure of documents; do not manufacture oxycodone pills over 40 milligrams; and pay for an independent monitor to ensure compliance.

Teva will also commit more than $1 billion over 10 years to naloxone, a drug used to treat opioid overdoses.

Allergan to Stop Selling Opioids; not fund third parties for the promotion of opioids; do not advocate for opioid-related action; share data through a third-party archive; and disclose documents.

TERRACE HILL CHRISTMAS: Holiday lights and decorations will adorn the Iowa Governor’s Mansion on Terrace Hill in Des Moines in December for the annual Terrace Hill Christmas celebration.

The event includes activities for children and photos with Santa Claus. Governor Kim Reynolds will read a story by a local children’s book author. The event will take place on December 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Villa, 2300 Grand Ave.

Tickets – $25 for an individual or $50 per household – are available at Proceeds from the event go to the Terrace Hill Partnership, a non-profit organization that supports the preservation and restoration of Terrace Hill.

HIGH RATING OF THE STATE INSPECTOR: Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand received the highest rating from the National State Auditors Association in an external peer review.

According to a Tuesday press release, the report found that Sand’s office meets government auditing standards.

“This review is no small matter,” Sand said in the press release. “I want to congratulate everyone at the Court of Auditors and thank them for their hard work and dedication to the Iowa taxpayer.”

The National State Auditors Association conducts peer reviews of state audit offices every three years, the press release said. The audit team included representatives from the state audit offices of several federal states.

The review “tested quality control measures and guidelines established by the Iowa Auditor of State Office and examined working papers and reports from multiple engagements,” the release said.