Florida Brings Lawsuit Against CVS, Walgreens for Alleged Role in Opioid Crisis
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced last week that she is suing retail pharmacies CVS and Walgreens for their alleged role in the nationwide opioid crisis. The two companies have been added to a lawsuit filed by the state in May against Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, and several pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors.
Bondi said in a press release on Friday that she will hold accountable firms that profit from the country’s ongoing epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths caused by opioid painkillers.
“We will continue to pursue those companies that played a role in creating the opioid crisis,” Bondi said. “Thousands of Floridians have suffered as a result of the actions of the defendants.”
In an amended complaint filed in the lawsuit, the attorney general’s office alleges that CVS and Walgreens were two of the largest distributors of opioids in the state and that the companies failed in their responsibility under Florida law to stop suspicious orders for the drugs. The suit also alleges that Walgreens and CVS dispensed unreasonable quantities of opioids from their pharmacies.
Billions of Pills Dispensed
According to the amended complaint, since 2006 Walgreens has dispensed billions of opioid pills from its Florida pharmacies. At