Beshear announced the lawsuit on June 12 in Boone Circuit Court, saying that Walgreens excessively distributed opioids in Kentucky and failed to report suspiciously large orders it received for the drugs.
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What’s the Problem?
June 20, 2018 – Beshear has also filed suit against Johnson & Johnson, Endo Pharmaceuticals, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson Corporation, according to BizJournals. Together, these firms have supplied roughly 85% of opioid-based prescription meds in Kentucky, the attorney general said.
Between 2006 and 2015, Kentucky dispensed more opioid prescriptions than people in the state, which had the 6th highest number of opioid-related deaths in the U.S., according to Beshear.
Last month, Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies announced plans to provide a maximum 1-week supply of acute opioid pain relievers to most customers in an effort to help curb the nationwide epidemic that now kills more than 100 people per day.
“We are taking action in the fight against the nation’s opioid epidemic,” said Marybeth Hays, executive vice president of Health & Wellness and Consumables for Walmart U.S. “We are proud to implement these policies and initiatives as we work to create solutions that address this critical issue facing the patients and communities we serve.”
The scope of prescription opioid abuse is a serious global problem, according to the U.S. National Institutes of health (NIH). The institutes estimate that between 26-36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012, and an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin.
Do I Have an Opioid Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Opioid lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new opioid overdose injury and death cases in all 50 states.
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