Ohio Counties Hit Pharmacies With Opioid Nuisance Claims

Law360 (May 27, 2020, 6:45 PM EDT) -- Two Ohio counties in bellwether cases hit pharmacy chains with claims Wednesday that they created a public nuisance by failing to monitor suspicious orders of opioids and only belatedly put in systems to detect those orders.

Trumbull County and Lake County said that the chains, which include CVS and Rite Aid, had extensive data on the opioids they distributed and could have taken action to prevent filling suspicious opioid prescriptions, but instead fueled a black market for opioids.

The counties told U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, who is overseeing the federal multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis, that the pharmacies failed to...

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