The legal battle over the opioid crisis in two Ohio counties led to a decision that had been a legal decision on Monday for a pharmacy chain including CVS and Walgreens, according to the story of a trial april 15, 2014. The experts also argued they were not to blame for the opioid epidemic, yet as lawyers began to decide whether they would resign for the devastation caused by the drug crisis.
Mark Lanier, a lawyer for Lake and Trumbull counties, told a federal jury in Cleveland that a verdict in the case against CVS Health Corp (CVS.N), Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O) and Walmart Inc (WMT.N) would have ramifications across the country.
This trial is the first trial the pharmacy chain faced in countless lawsuits by states and local governments seeking to hold them liable for an epidemic that a health officials say has killed nearly 500,000 opioid overdoses over two decades.
Lenier said in his closing argument that it was necessary to decide what to do in pharmacy history.
He said that companies created a public nuisance under the name of the epidemic - the epidemic, whose impact was not long prevented excessive amounts of addictive pain pills from flooding the counties or even a false prescription was made.
A pharmacy isn't a chewing machine," Lanier said. "They have more responsibility than simply taking money and getting your pills."
Defense lawyers countered that companies took steps to protect against the diversion of pills and blamed others for the deadly epidemic.
"There are a lot of actors and actors who played an important role in the opioid crisis," says lawyer Eric Delinsky.
Brian Swanson said that it had policies to identify "red flags" of misuse and improve them. Neither the lawyer nor the firm said it had in place since 1997.
"A company that constantly updated and improving its policies isn't a company acting intentionally to cause an opioid crisis," he told jurors.
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If the case proves that the pharmacies are actually a nuisance, then a U.S. District Judge would decide how much they owe to the city to improve its health or address. The counties' lawyers have said that costs are potentially $1 billion for each county.
The Ohio trial follows recent stiffbacks for plaintiffs trying some of the 3,300 opioid cases against drug manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies.
The top court in Oklahoma last Tuesday overturned a $ 465 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson and California judge this month made favor of four drugmakers in a case brought by several large counties.
The corporations also accused them of creating public nuisances. A similar lawsuit filed on Monday by Washington State against three drug distributors went to trial on Monday. read more...