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Florida’s opioid lawsuit against CVS and Walgreens takes aim at distributors with deep pockets

November 21, 2018


Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi thinks Walgreens and CVS Health bear some of the blame for her state’s opioid crisis.

She is suing the nation’s largest drug store chains, including them as defendants in the state’s lawsuit against 10 drugmakers and three wholesale drug distributors.

“Walgreens and CVS joined the race to sell as many opioids as possible, including by failing to institute safeguards and by marketing opioids to their vast networks of retail pharmacy stores and in-store pharmacists,” according to the complaint filed late Friday in Florida state court. It said the drug store giants “should have known that the quantity of opioids being distributed in Florida far exceeds the medical need of Florida residents.”

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