Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Tallahassee, FL, United States (4E) – Florida is suing Walgreens Boots Alliance and CVS Health Corporation, the top two retail drug chains in the United States, for allegedly contributing to the state’s deadly opioid crisis, as well as the opioid crisis ravaging the country.
Attorney General Pam Bondi over the weekend said the two chains were added to an existing case against Purdue Pharma LP, which makes OxyContin, and several other manufacturers. Purdue has been repeatedly sued for Oxycontin, an addiction-causing prescription drug among the drugs most commonly cited in connection with overdose deaths in the USA.
The Florida lawsuit alleges that CVS and Walgreens contributed to the opioid epidemic by overselling the painkiller. Both firms are also acused of not being diligent enough in stopping illegal sales.
“We will continue to pursue those companies that played a role in creating the opioid crisis,” said Bondi. “Thousands of Floridians have suffered as a result of the actions of the defendants.”
The lawsuit claims Walgreens dispensed billions of opioid dosages in Florida pharmacies since 2006. It also said CVS sold 700 million opioid dosages between 2006 and 2014.
CVS said the lawsuit is “without merit while Walgreens refused to comment on the suit.
CVS claims it’s committed to the highest standards of ethics and business practices, including complying with all federal and state laws governing the dispensing of controlled substance prescriptions.
“We also have stringent policies, procedures and tools to help ensure that our pharmacists properly exercise their professional responsibility to evaluate controlled substance prescriptions before filling them.”
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