Cleveland, OH (November 23, 2021) –A federal jury in Ohio determined three retail pharmacy chains recklessly distributed massive amounts of pain pills into the communities thanks to a culture that promoted sales over safety.
The jury chose to reprimand CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart for not preventing the flood of pills that caused hundreds of overdoses that led to death.
This was the first time pharmacy companies had completed a defense trial against a drug crisis that has killed half a million Americans over the past two decades.
The federal judge will decide in the spring how much the drug stores must pay in damages.
Attorneys from the three pharmacy chains insisted that their businesses had policies to decrease pills sales when their pharmacists became suspicious of customers and would notify authorities about any questionable orders from doctors.
Attorneys on the case have argued that doctors were controlling how many pills were being prescribed for legitimate medical needs.
Two other pharmaceutical chains — Rite Aid and Giant Eagle — settled lawsuits with the two Ohio courts.
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