(Reuters) – Regional pharmacy chain operator Giant Eagle Inc. said on Friday that it had agreed to resolve lawsuits accusing it of inciting the opioid epidemic in several Ohio communities, including two counties and three major rivals. to justice.
The settlement came during the fourth week of a lawsuit in federal court in Cleveland regarding claims from Ohio counties Lake and Trumbull against Giant Eagle, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., CVS Health Corp. and Walmart Inc.
The settlement resolves claims against Giant Eagle in 10 lawsuits from those counties and others in Ohio, the company and the plaintiffs' attorneys said in a joint statement. It operates grocery stores and pharmacies in five states including Ohio.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
The case in Ohio is the first lawsuit filed by drugstores in nationwide lawsuits over an opioid abuse epidemic led by U.S. authorities. to nearly 500,000 overdose deaths from 1
More than 3,300 cases have largely been brought by state and local authorities against pharmacies, drug manufacturers and drug distributors.
Ohio County claims that the excessive amounts have failed to prevent pharmacy. pills from flooding their communities or identifying "red flags" for abuse. Companies Deny Crime.
The Three Largest U.S. Drug Distributors – McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., and AmerisourceBergen Corp. and drug maker Johnson & Johnson proposed in July to pay up to $ 26 billion to settle cases against them. more than $ 10 billion.