The City of Cincinnati has joined a growing list of municipalities and states around the country suing Cardinal Health and the nation’s other “big three” pharmaceutical distributors in connection with their alleged role in the opioid epidemic. The lawsuits allege that the distributors failed to properly police suspicious orders and combat the diversion of drugs to third parties. The law firms representing Cincinnati, led by Dallas-based Baron & Budd, have filed similar suits on behalf of four Ohio counties: Vinton, Belmont, Clermont and Brown.
Dublin-based Cardinal, along with McKesson and AmerisourceBergen, are the major players in the U.S. drug-distribution market. These companies do not manufacture drugs, but fill orders for painkillers and all other types of prescription drugs for medical facilities and pharmacies.
The City of Cincinnati seeks damages to cover costs including “medical care and treatment for patients suffering from opioid-related addiction or disease; treatment of infants born with opioid-related medical conditions; costs associated with caring for children whose parents suffer from opioid addiction; and law-enforcement and public-safety services related to the opioid epidemic.” It will be most interesting to see how these lawsuits fare as they proceed.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch
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