Bobby Jindal has called on the state’s health departments to investigate whether some of the products sold by Louisiana-based health insurer UnitedHealth Group are dangerous.
In a press release, Jindal said that UnitedHealth, which has been accused of deceiving people about the effects of its drugs, is “in crisis” and needs to be “investigated by a state agency.”
Jindal’s press release came just hours after UnitedHealth’s CEO said that “people have a right to know the truth about what their products are made of.”
Jindal is one of more than two dozen Republican governors, mayors and state lawmakers who have called for an investigation.
The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The statement comes as Louisiana is grappling with a rash of cases of coronavirus.
The state has reported an additional 11 deaths since February, with five of those cases linked to UnitedHealth products.
The company has been embroiled in a number of lawsuits over allegations that it misled consumers about the effectiveness of its medications.
In the latest case, a Louisiana man died last week after he was hospitalized after being injected with a UnitedHealth product.
“This is the most urgent issue facing Louisiana, and this state needs to act immediately to address the threat of the pandemic,” Jindal said.
“I urge you to investigate these products and determine if they are safe and effective for Louisiana patients.”