March 9, 2022
Opioid/Substance Use Disorders
  • Insurers for some of the largest drug makers, distributors, and pharmacies are refusing to pay a $32 billion bill to help cover costs related to opioid addiction. A Delaware Supreme Court ruled in January that Chubb Ltd. didn’t have to pay to defend Rite Aid Corp. against thousands of lawsuits. Since then, six more complaints have been filed in Delaware seeking court approval to block coverage of everything from cash damages to attorneys’ fees for companies including CVS Health Corp. and AmerisourceBergen Corp. The court fight centers on whether insurance claims can be denied if policy holders created a “public nuisance” by improperly marketing the addictive painkillers. (Article here)