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Friday, August 30, 2013
Pill Pop Culture - Big Pharma might sue over Tee Shirts
The Xanax, Adderall and Vicodin shirts are a ‘parody of pop culture,’ designer Brian Lichtenberg said in a release.
These shirts are not what the doctor ordered.
T-shirts being sold at Kitson, a Los Angeles-based fashion chain, have sparked outrage among consumers and drug companies alike, and some are considering taking legal action.
Designer Brian Lichtenberg's line of black and white tees have the words "Xanax," "Adderall" and "Vicodin" written across the back in block letters resembling the last name on a football jersey. While Lichtenberg said the “designer drug collection” reflects what he sees in society, opponents say they are disrespectful and insulting.
The makers of the drugs aren’t happy about the clothes, either. AbbVie, Shire and Pfizer, the pharmaceutical companies that make Vicodin, Adderall and Xanax respectively, all told the Daily News that they had no part in the development of the shirts and that their brands were used without permission.