Florida: Walgreens, CVS contributed to opioid crisis by not reporting 'suspicious' prescriptions

By Marian Johns | Nov 20, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — The state of Florida has filed an amendment complaint to its May lawsuit against several U.S. opioid manufacturers and distributors, including naming two national drugstores as defendants for their "gross negligence" in opioid distribution.

The Florida Attorney General's Office has announced its filing of the amended complaint in a Pasco County Florida Circuit Court in which it names Insys Therapeutics Inc., Walgreens Co., CVS Healthcare Corp., and CVS Pharmacy Inc., (CVS) for allegedly contributing to the opioid crisis. 

In its amended complaint, the Attorney General's Office alleges Insys Therapeutics gave "kickbacks" to physicians who wrote prescriptions for the opioid Subsys. Attorney General Pam Bondi further alleges Walgreens and CVS were two of the biggest opioid distributors in the state and violated state law by not reporting "suspicious" opioid prescriptions. 

“We will continue to pursue those companies that played a role in creating the opioid crisis,” Bondi said in a statement.  “Thousands of Floridians have suffered as a result of the actions of the defendants.”

Bondi's office also alleges Walgreens and CVS pharmacies allowed the dispensing of "unreasonable quantities" for opioids.

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