Opioid MDL Stakes Rise For Pharmacy Benefit Cos.

Law360 (September 17, 2018, 7:22 PM EDT) -- The nation’s biggest pharmacy benefit management companies should be forced to clamp down on painkiller prescriptions, according to a new motion that raises the stakes for PBMs in multidistrict litigation over the opioid epidemic and contains fresh signs of friction among plaintiffs attorneys.

The motion for a preliminary injunction Friday targeted CVS Caremark, Express Scripts Inc. and OptumRx Inc., which collectively control most of the PBM market. It sought a court order requiring the three companies to immediately adopt policies consistent with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guideline for prescribing opioids.

The request was made as part of two...

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