Walgreens' Opioid Orders Like A 'Time Bomb,' Judge Told

By Bonnie Eslinger (May 11, 2022, 11:15 PM EDT) -- The increasing numbers of opioids ordered by Walgreens pharmacies after 2010 felt like an uncontrollable "ticking time bomb," a former warehouse manager for the company said in recorded testimony screened Wednesday at a bellwether trial over claims the drugstore giant and others illegally fueled San Francisco's opioid epidemic.

The city of San Francisco has accused Walgreens, along with drugmakers Teva and Allergan and drug distributor Anda, of creating a public nuisance by marketing opioids with misleading messages about their safety, and failing to prevent the ensuing flood of painkillers from being diverted for improper uses.

On Wednesday, all the witness testimony...

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