A federal jury in Cleveland on Tuesday found three of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains, Walgreens, CVS and Walmart, helped fuel the opioid crisis in two Ohio counties.
This decision was the first ever ruling against the retail pharmacy industry, and could set the tone for countless other lawsuits across the country that seek to hold pharmacies responsible for the flood of highly addictive opioid pills into communities. The crisis has killed more than half a million Americans to date.
Jurors concluded that the actions by the pharmacy chains helped create a “public nuisance,” a strategy that is being used by plaintiffs in thousands of other lawsuits nationwide…
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