(Reuters) – Walmart Inc. said on Thursday that it had filed a lawsuit against the federal government, seeking clarification on the roles and legal responsibilities of pharmacists and pharmacies to fill opioid prescriptions.
Walmart said that some U.S. Department of Justice officials are threatening to sue the retail giant, claiming that pharmacists should have refused to fill out otherwise valid opioid prescriptions. The DOJ demands "Walmart, which operates one of the largest pharmacy chains in the country, said in a statement.
In the lawsuit against the DOJ and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Walmart said the federal authorities are seeking civil sanctions. submit suspicious order reports, adding that this potential move would be "unparalleled."
The DOJ and the DEA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Wednesday, a West Virginia court ruled that Walmart must Information on federal and state investigations into its opioid-related hospital practices that sues the company for alleged contribution to the epidemic.