Pharmacies Seek Appeal On Opioid Duties In Tribal Bellwether

Law360 (May 7, 2021, 8:59 PM EDT) -- Major pharmacy chains asked an Oklahoma federal judge Friday to let them appeal a key ruling that several drug distributors have already targeted in the Cherokee Nation's bellwether opioid suit, as well as other questions about the pharmacies' duties under the Controlled Substances Act.

CVS Pharmacy Inc., Walgreen Co. and Walmart Inc. backed the distributors in their recent bid to certify U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White's ruling that the companies had a duty under the CSA not to ship "suspicious orders" of opioids, as the pharmacy companies also serve as distributors of opioids through shipments to their individual pharmacies.

The pharmacy companies...

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