FDA warned opioid maker

By Randy EllisStaff writerrellis@oklahoman.comNORMAN − A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary received a stern warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2004 for using promotional materials that contained "false or misleading claims" about the effectiveness and abuse potential of its Duragesic opioid patch.
That FDA warning to Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., was among many documents entered into evidence Thursday during the third day of a trial in Cleveland County District Court.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has accused Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries of creating an opioid epidemic by oversupplying the state with the painkillers and making misleading marketing claims about their effectiveness and addictive risks.
Hunter wants Judge Thad Balkman to declare Johnson & Johnson's actions to be a public nuisance and order the company to pay billions of dollars to abate the problem.
Two other groups of opioid manufacturers, one headed by Purdue Pharma and the other by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., have previously agreed to settle the state's cases against them.Read more on

Pence says US-Canada relationship has ‘never been stronger’

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that President Donald Trump is a "great friend of the Canadian people" and that the U.S.-Canada relationship has "never been stronger," less than a year after Trump assailed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in unprecedented attacks on America's longtime ally.

Pence was in the Canadian capital hoping to build momentum to pass a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico.Read more on

Trump hitting Mexico with 5% tariff in response to migrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise announcement that could compromise a major trade deal, President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he is slapping a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross the U.S. border.

He said the percentage will gradually increase "until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied.Read more on

Alabama heralds ‘last slave ship’ discovery; ponders future

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Dives into murky water, painstaking examinations of relics and technical data and rigorous peer review led historians and archaeologists to confirm last week that wreckage found in the Mobile River in 2018 was indeed the Clotilda, the last known ship to bring enslaved Africans to the United States.

An event heralding the discovery Thursday afternoon in the Mobile community of Africatown made clear that much work remains. Read more on