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Walmart sued by Justice Department over opioid crisis

Walmart sued by Justice Department over opioid crisis
The Justice Department sued Walmart on Tuesday, accusing the nation’s largest retailer of fanning the opioid crisis with a system that pressured pharmacists to rapidly fill reams of pill prescriptions without adequate oversight.

“In doing so, Walmart endangered its customers and contributed to the prescription drug abuse epidemic that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.District Court for the District of Delaware, also said the retail giant fell short of its obligation to report hundreds of thousands of suspicious orders to the Drug Enforcement Administration.” “Walmart always empowered our pharmacists to refuse to fill problematic opioids prescriptions, and they refused to fill hundreds of thousands of such prescriptions,” the retail chain said in the statement.The complaint claimed Walmart filed thousands of suspicious prescriptions and put up obstacles for skeptical pharmacists who wished to refuse questionable orders.

Walmart filed a preemptive lawsuit in October that accused the government of scapegoating the company for the federal government’s own regulatory failings.The Justice Department sued Walmart on Tuesday, accusing the nation’s largest retailer of fanning the opioid crisis with a system that pressured pharmacists to rapidly fill reams of pill prescriptions without adequate oversight.

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