(Reuters) – The Department of Justice sued Walmart Inc. on Tuesday, accusing the retailer of fueling the opioid crisis and ignoring warning signs from its pharmacists, according to a court report.
The dealer's shares fell about 2% after the news.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, accused Walmart of taking its janitor duties as a pharmacist seriously.
Walmart, the world's largest retailer, created a system that turned its 5,000 in-store pharmacies into a supplier of highly addictive painkillers, dating as early as June 2013, the lawsuit states.
Walmart's actions helped "drive up a national crisis," said Jeffrey Bossert Clark, acting director of the Department of Justice's Civil Department, who declined to say exactly how much the government sought in Walmart sanctions.
Walmart declined to comment immediately on the lawsuit.
The Government's complaint stated: “Walmart executives put huge pressure on pharmacists to fill prescriptions ̵