EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMorrisey Recuses Self From Two Drug Company Suits
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Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Aug. 11, 2013 3:23 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 12, 2013 4:29 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has recused himself from two lawsuits filed by the office against drug companies.
The Charleston Gazette reported that Morrisey's wife, Denise Henry, lobbies for two of the companies, Sanofi and Cardinal Health. Morrisey is a former lobbyist for Sanofi.
Both lawsuits were filed during former Attorney General Darrell McGraw's last term. Morrisey defeated McGraw in the 2012 general election.
One lawsuit alleges that Cardinal Health's negligent practices have helped fuel the state's pain pill abuse epidemic. The other lawsuit alleges that Sanofi and Bristol-Myers Squibb falsely marketed the blood-thinner Plavix.
Morrisey told the newspaper that he's not required to step aside from the cases. He said he wants to avoid any perception that they won't be pursued vigorously and on their merits.
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