CVS issues statement on landmark opioid decision in Federal Court case

Tuesday 23 November 2021

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In response to a landmark federal court ruling on Tuesday that found CVS, Walgreens and Walmart responsible for contributing to the opioid epidemic, CVS released a statement.

Lawyers for both Ohio counties say each of the three pharmacy giants could be held responsible for more than $ 1 billion each per county.

The jury’s decision is the first and is an influential verdict among many lawsuits targeting drugstore chains. There are thousands of lawsuits from counties and states targeting companies for their role in the trillion dollar opioid epidemic.


A candidate for governor of RI, Democrat Helena Foulkes ran CVS Pharmacy for part of the time included in the trial. She repeatedly refused to answer questions about her role and oversight.

Mike DeAngelis, CVS Health Corporate Communications, said in a statement:

We strongly disagree with the decision. Pharmacists fill legal prescriptions written by DEA licensed physicians who prescribe legal and FDA approved substances to treat real patients in need.

We are proud of the tremendous work we have done to help our pharmacists spot illegitimate prescriptions. But the facts are simple: Opioid prescriptions are written by doctors, not pharmacists; opioid drugs are made and marketed by manufacturers, not pharmacists; and our healthcare system depends on pharmacists to fill legitimate prescriptions that physicians deem necessary for their patients. We look forward to the review of this case by the Court of Appeal, including the poor application of the law on public nuisances.

As the complainants’ own experts have testified, there are many factors that have contributed to the problem of opioid abuse, and resolving this problem will require the participation of all stakeholders in our health care system and members of the community. our community.

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