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March 13, 2019

State joins lawsuit against opioid firms

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is the latest state to sue major distributors of opioids, saying the companies made billions of dollars while ignoring signs of a growing crisis fueled by addiction to the drugs.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the lawsuit Tuesday against McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp. He says they shipped huge amounts of oxycodone, fentanyl and other painkillers into Washington and failed to comply with requirements that they identify suspicious orders that could be diverted to the illegal drug market.


 
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