The state of Florida has sued the two largest pharmacy chains in the country over the sale of opioids –…
The state of Florida has sued the two largest pharmacy chains in the country over the sale of opioids – an epidemic that has killed thousands in the state in recent years.
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that the state had changed an original trial filed in May to include both CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens. Insys Therapeutics, the pharmaceutical company that produces Subsys, the brand for a type of fentanyl, has also been added to the complaint.
CVS and Walgreens are the two largest pharmacy chains in the country, according to the SK & A healthcare company, with about 18,000 stores between the two brands. Walgreens driver 820 stores and CVS operate 754 stores in Florida, according to the mood.
“We will continue to drive those companies that have played a part in creating the opioid crisis,” said Bondi in a statement. “Thousands of Floridians have suffered as a result of the accused’s actions.”
The process filed in May included Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin; Endo Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Percocet and Opana; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, manufacturer of fentanylmedicin Duragesic; and Teva Pharmaceutical, one of the largest generic drug manufacturers in the world.
“Opio use has had tragic consequences for communities across Florida, and the state has been forced to spend huge sums as a result of the opioid crisis,” said the opening of the trial. “The crisis has the cause: The Armed Forces collaborated to sell and send ever greater amounts of opioids to Florida.”
Florida has been hit hard by the country’s opium crisis.
In 2016, the latest available data, however, 2,798 people from opioid overdoses, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The rate of 14.4 deaths per 100,000 people is 1.1 deaths above the national average.
The number of opioid overdose deaths in Florida in 1999 was only 2.6 per 100,000, according to NIH. That number jumped to 8.7 per 100 000 a decade later and 9.4 in 2015.
According to Centers for Disease Control, the nationwide number of overdose deaths with prescription opioids was five times higher in 2016 than 1999.
“The Armed Forces shot billions of dollars in revenue while they knew, or should have been able to know, that they caused huge damage to the state and its citizens,” according to the mood.
CVS distributed 700 million opioid doses in Florida from 2006 to 2014, according to costume. The mood says that a Florida city of only 3,000 people was delivered to 285,800 orders of oxycodone in one month by a Walgreens distribution center.
The state is seeking a jurisprudence in civilian cases.
Bondi has been mentioned as a possible substitute for US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as President Donald Trump confirmed on Saturday.
ABC News & Christopher Donato contributed to this report.