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BLOG #153

BLOG #153(4)

BLOG #153(4)

CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Fueled Opioid Crisis, Jury Finds

This is the first jury verdict in an opioid case. The decision embraced a key legal argument that judges in other opioid cases had recently rejected.

A federal jury in Cleveland on Tuesday found that three of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains — CVS Health, Walmart and Walgreens — had substantially contributed to the crisis of opioid overdoses and deaths in two Ohio counties, the first time the retail segment of the drug industry has been held accountable in the decades-long epidemic.

After hearings in the spring, the trial judge will determine how much each company should pay the counties.

The verdict — the first from a jury in an opioid case — was encouraging to plaintiffs in thousands of lawsuits nationwide because they are all relying on the same legal strategy: that pharmaceutical companies contributed to a “public nuisance,” a claim that plaintiffs contend covers the public health crisis created by opioids.

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No doubt in my mind that those national pharmacies contributed to the easy access to painkiller abuse crisis. This caused widespread addiction and sometimes death to users.
No tengo ninguna duda de que esas farmacias nacionales contribuyeron al fácil acceso a la crisis por abuso de analgésicos. Esto provocó una adicción generalizada y, a veces, la muerte de los usuarios.