Based on CNNWest Virginia has reached a drug deal totaling more than $147 million with two big-name pharmacies.
Walmart has agreed to pay more than $65 million in settlements, while CVS will pay more than $85 million.
Authorities allege both companies failed to “maintain effective controls as distributors against a diversion that resulted in an oversupply of opioids in the state,” the office said. the attorney general said in a press release.
CVS spoke out about the claims:
Putting these statements (in West Virginia) behind our back is in the best interests of all parties,” CVS said. “Our position remains that opioid prescriptions are written by doctors, not pharmacists, and that opioids are manufactured and marketed by manufacturers, not pharmacies.”
This lawsuit is not the first big drug case request. Earlier this year, Native American tribes reached a $590 million settlement on the opioid crisis.
According to court documents, the settlement is between Johnson & Johnson and the three largest distribution companies – AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson.
While some details are still being determined, the United States District Court in Cleveland has set the guidelines for the settlement. Johnson & Johnson will pay $150 million over two years with the settlement. Three other distribution companies will contribute $440 million over seven years.
Tara Sutton, an attorney whose firm represents 28 tribes, said the agreement will go into effect after 95% of the 574 federally recognized tribes have filed lawsuits against the companies that agree to the terms. settlement account.
Douglas Yankton, president of Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota, said in a statement: “The money that will flow to the tribes under this initial settlement will help fund critical opioid treatment services, pre-booked, culturally appropriate.