November 16, 2021
Opioid/Substance Use Disorders
  • Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson argued in court that three large drug distributors violated the state’s public nuisance and consumer protection laws because they didn’t have tracking systems in place to prevent illegitimate sales and distribution of opioids. Ferguson is seeking more than $38 billion in damages caused by McKesson, Cardinal Health Inc., and AmerisourceBergen Corp. He acknowledged the risk in taking the state’s claims to trail, given recent court decisions siding with opioid manufacturers, but said comparing his case to those in California and Oklahoma is “apples and oranges” due to differences in state law. (Articles here and here)