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Teva Pharmaceutical and Allergan, a unit of AbbVie, are willing to pay more than $5 billion combined to resolve more than 3,500 lawsuits filed against them over opioid painkillersBloomberg News reports. The drugmakers have been in mediation talks with plaintiffs for more than a year. While Teva and Allergan indicated a willingness to settle, no formal offer has been made or finalized, and talks are continuing. Details are unclear, since the companies are still arguing with each other over an indemnity agreement. In 2016, Teva paid more than $40 billion to buy Allergan’s line of generic opioid-based medicines, which Allergan claims shifted all its costs for generic opioids to Teva.

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