Florida filed a lawsuit against the country's two largest drug chains, Walgreens and CVS, which has been accused of contributing to the national and political opioid crisis through marketing by selling excessive painkillers and not taking precautionary measures to prevent sales. Illegal
Attorney General Pem Bondi announced Friday night that he includes two companies in a lawsuit filed several months ago by Fredo Parma, maker of OxyContin and several opioid distributors.
Bondi said in a statement that CVS and Walgreens "contributed to the creation of opioid crisis." According to him, the companies did not stop "suspicious orders of opioids", "and their pharmacies provided an unreasonable amount of opioids." On average, about 45 people die every day from overdose of opioids all over the country, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We will continue to pursue the companies that contributed to the creation of the opioid crisis," said Bondi, who could be offered by Donald Trump to replace George Sessions, who was recently sacked as Justice Secretary, according to press reports. "Thousands of Floridians suffered as a result of the actions of the defendants."
In a statement released on Saturday, CVS spokesman Mike DeAngelis said the lawsuit "lacks merit". He said that the company trains its pharmacists and collaborators on their responsibility when they send controlled materials and provided them with tools to identify possible illegal sales.
"In recent years, CVS has taken many steps to strengthen our current safeguards to address the opioid epidemic of the country," said DeAngelis.
Walgreens said on Saturday it had no statements on pending lawsuits.