US sues Walmart for alleged role in opioid crisis

The US Department of Justice accused Walmart of helping to fuel America’s opioid crisis.

Prosecutors said the retailer filled thousands of questionable prescriptions and “knowingly” violated vetting rules.

Walmart claims the lawsuit is “riddled with factual inaccuracies.” The retailer added it “invents a legal theory that unlawfully forces pharmacists to come between patients and their doctors.”

The world’s largest retailer operates over 5,000 in-store pharmacies across the US and for years has also acted as a drug distributor.

According to the lawsuit, the company pressured staff to fill prescriptions as fast as possible and withheld information from pharmacists, collected by its compliance unit, which indicated such orders did not have valid medical purposes.

Walmart said it sent the Drug Enforcement Administration tens of thousands of investigative leads, and blocked thousands of questionable doctors from having their opioid prescriptions filled at its pharmacies.

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