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Florida AG sues CVS and Walgreens over opioid sales and kickbacks to doctors

Florida AG sues CVS and Walgreens

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an amended complaint on Friday against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

The amended complaint provides additional details of the defendants’ collective efforts to increase the supply of opioids in Florida and nationwide. Insys Therapeutics, Inc., Walgreens Co., CVS Healthcare Corp. and CVS Pharmacy, Inc. (“CVS”) are named as additional defendants for their roles in creating the opioid crisis.

“We will continue to pursue those companies that played a role in creating the opioid crisis,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Thousands of Floridians have suffered as a result of the actions of the defendants.”

The amended complaint alleges that Insys Therapeutics, Inc. provided kickbacks to doctors in exchange for doctors writing prescriptions for its opioid product, Subsys. The amended complaint alleges that Walgreens Co. and CVS were two of the largest opioid distributors in Florida and failed in their duties under Florida law to stop suspicious orders of opioids they received. The amended complaint also alleges that Walgreens Co. and CVS dispensed unreasonable quantities of opioids from their pharmacies.

In the amended complaint, the Attorney General’s Office added claims for gross negligence and civil conspiracy against the defendants.

To view the amended complaint, click here.

On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Florida Attorney General Bondi filed her original action in state court against some of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in the opioid crisis. To view the original complaint and for more on Attorney General Bondi’s efforts to fight the national opioid crisis claiming lives in Florida, click here.

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