Kentucky sues Walgreens, claims it has role in opioid epidemic
Kentucky’s legal professional basic on Thursday sued Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, accusing the corporate of taking part in a twin position in propagating an opioid epidemic within the state as each a pharmacy chain and wholesale drug distributor.
The lawsuit via Kentucky Legal professional Normal Andy Beshear was once his 6th thus far looking for to carry companies like drug producers and vendors liable for their roles within the drug abuse disaster.
The lawsuit, filed in state circuit court docket in Boone County, stated Walgreens’ pharmacies “stuffed large and/or suspicious orders of peculiar measurement.” As a distributor, it did not record suspicious orders to government, consistent with the criticism.
“Whilst Walgreens’ slogan was once ‘on the nook of glad and wholesome,’ they’ve considerably harmed the well being of our households in fueling the opioid epidemic,” Beshear stated in a remark.
The lawsuit seeks damages and consequences in addition to an injunction.
Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens declined to remark.
States, counties and towns have filed loads of complaints, accusing drugmakers of pushing addictive painkillers via misleading advertising, and accused wholesale vendors of failing to record suspicious drug orders.
Beshear is pursuing equivalent circumstances towards drug vendors AmerisourceBergen Corp, Cardinal Well being Inc and McKesson Corp in addition to drugmakers Johnson & Johnson and Endo World %.