(Reuters) — The state of Tennessee sued Walgreens on Wednesday, accusing the retail pharmacy massive of fueling the state’s opioid epidemic via willfully flooding the marketplace with an oversupply of prescription narcotics in violation of client coverage and public nuisance regulations.
According to the lawsuit, Walgreens used its place as one of the most state’s greatest pharmacy chains to dispense over 1.1 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone tablets inside of Tennessee from 2006 to 2020, more or less similar to 175 capsules for each and every resident of the state.
“The sheer quantity of opioids that Walgreens launched into Tennessee was once unreasonable and extremely suspicious on its face,” stated the 148-page lawsuit, filed in Knox County Circuit Court. “Walgreens totally saturated the state of Tennessee with narcotics.”
Walgreens has been the objective of identical regulations introduced via different jurisdictions.
In May, its company dad or mum, the Illinois-based protecting corporate Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., reached a $683 million agreement with Florida to unravel claims that the drugstore chain exacerbated an opioid epidemic in that state. Walgreens didn’t admit to wrongdoing below the settlement
“We will proceed to shield in opposition to the unjustified assaults at the professionalism of our pharmacists, devoted well being execs who reside within the communities they serve,” the corporate stated in a observation emailed to Reuters on Wednesday.
“Walgreens by no means manufactured or advertised opioids, nor did we distribute them to the ache clinics and ‘tablet generators’ that fueled this disaster,” the corporate stated.