News Ebene – CA – US sues Walmart over alleged role in opioid crisis

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The US Department of Justice sued Walmart Inc on Tuesday, accusing the retailer of fueling the opioid crisis in the United States, ignoring warning signs from its pharmacists, and filling thousands of invalid prescriptions

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In a civil action filed in US Delaware District Court, the department accused Walmart of failing to take its access control duties as a pharmacy seriously

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, created a system that turned its 5,000 in-store pharmacies into a supplier of highly addictive pain relievers, dating back to June 2013, according to the lawsuit

Walmart’s “illegal” actions have helped “fuel a national crisis” and have had “dire consequences,” said Jeffrey Bossert Clark, acting head of the Justice Department’s civilian division in a briefing

When asked if the government plans to prosecute, Mr. Clark said: “you should not draw any conclusions about criminal matters” from the civil record

The opioid epidemic has claimed the lives of approximately 450,000 people in the United States since 1999 due to overdoses of prescription pain relievers and illegal drugs

According to the lawsuit, “For years, Walmart maintained a system in place that it knew did not correctly detect and report suspicious orders.”

He accused Walmart of breaking the Controlled Substances Act If found responsible, he could face civil penalties of up to $ 67,627 for every illegal prescription filled and $ 15,691 for every suspicious order not reported

“Walmart officials put enormous pressure on pharmacists to fill prescriptions” and forced them to process a high volume of prescriptions “as quickly as possible” while denying them the power to refuse to perform what they knew to be invalid orders the government told me

In October, Walmart filed a lawsuit in Texas against the federal government seeking clarification on the legal roles and responsibilities of pharmacists and pharmacies in filling opioid prescriptions

Walmart said in October that federal authorities were seeking civil penalties over allegations of non-submission of suspicious order reports and said the potential move would be “unprecedented”

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Ebene News – CA – US sues Walmart for alleged role in opioid crisis

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