BENGALURU | MUMBAI: A bunch of US lawsuits associated to opioid painkillers might harm a minimum of two Indian IT corporations, as purchasers face attainable chapter or reduce discretionary spending to pay for authorized settlements.

Forty-eight US states and greater than 2,000 native governments have sued drug makers and retailers for being negligent in advertising and marketing and distributing opioids — painkillers derived from opium — which has sparked an habit disaster.

Purdue Pharma, which is being primarily blamed for the opioid epidemic and is in settlement talks, is predicted to pay as a lot as $12 billion and file for chapter to re-emerge as a public belief, with house owners, the billionaire Sackler household, set to lose management of the corporate.

Cognizant and HCL Tech are IT companies distributors to Purdue Pharma. ET couldn’t independently verify the extent of their publicity to the corporate. Cognizant declined to remark for this story, whereas HCL Applied sciences didn’t reply to ET’s request in search of remark.

“Provided that a number of different pharma corporations might additionally face big losses from the opioid points, we may even see different companies file for chapter or discover that they’ve to chop discretionary spending to pay for the liabilities,” Peter Bendor-Samuel, CEO of IT consultancy Everest Analysis, stated.


Earlier this week, a decide ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million within the first trial of the greater than 2,000 lawsuits focusing on drug producers. These going through fits embody drug makers Allergan and Endo Worldwide, distributors McKesson, Cardinal Well being and AmerisourceBergen, and retailers like Walmart, CVS and RiteAid. The US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has tallied greater than 400,000 opioid-related deaths throughout the US since 2000.

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The potential settlements impression corporations’ spending on IT. After US banks had been compelled to pay out billions of in settlements within the wake of the 2008 monetary disaster, IT spending in that sector took a success.

For Indian IT companies companies, the Life Sciences and Healthcare vertical types a big a part of income, though challenges with insurers have crimped some progress. Cognizant, specifically, has struggled with income on this house, with 4 purchasers merging and one lifescience’s firm insourcing enterprise. Cognizant has an even bigger share, with round 29% of enterprise coming from the vertical, whereas for HCL Tech the share has been round 13% on common in the previous couple of quarters, in response to Mrinal Rai, principal analyst at ISG, a worldwide expertise analysis and advisory agency.

Cognizant has had a protracted affiliation with Purdue, managing its SAP platform and enterprise functions. “Cognizant does core ERP work for Purdue, even in chapter that must proceed. The precise financial publicity is minimal,” a supply with direct data of Cognizant’s publicity stated.

Rai additionally stated Cognizant may even see restricted impression from the approaching chapter. “It isn’t anticipated to impression Cognizant a lot. Cognizant has comparable engagement with different pharma clients, too, who’re 4 instances the scale of Purdue.”

Then again, HCL’s multi-million greenback cope with Purdue was signed in 2014, and revolves round managing its IT infrastructure, together with knowledge facilities and cloud.

Each the IT companies suppliers would have mechanisms to guard in opposition to such occasions, Rai added. “Service suppliers keep sure insurances to satisfy such surprising situations. So, it could have little impression on them.”

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“The one actual concern is within the occasion that the companies will not be vital or they’re considered as properly over market,” Bendor-Samuel stated.