Walmart sues government in pre-emptive move ahead of expected opioid lawsuit

Walmart sues government in pre-emptive move ahead of expected opioid lawsuit

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/walmart-sues-government-in-pre-emptive-move-ahead-of-expected-opioid-lawsuit-11603402626

Retail giant says U.S. government is trying to use it as a scapegoat

Walmart Inc.  sued the federal government in an attempt to strike a pre-emptive blow against what it said is an impending opioid-related civil lawsuit from the Justice Department.

The retail giant said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration are seeking to scapegoat the company for the federal government’s own regulatory and enforcement shortcomings in combating the opioid crisis. Walmart WMT, -0.58% said the government is seeking steep financial penalties against the retailer for allegedly contributing to the opioid crisis by filling questionable prescriptions.

The suit names the department and Attorney General William Barr as defendants, as well as the DEA and its acting administrator, Timothy Shea. It is seeking a declaration from a federal judge that the government has no lawful basis for seeking civil damages from the company based on claims pharmacists filled valid prescriptions that they should have known raised red flags.

Walmart, which operates more than 5,000 in-store pharmacies in the U.S., said the government’s “threatened action would be unprecedented.” It said the government hasn’t alleged that the company was filling altered prescriptions, or that its pharmacists had inappropriate relationships with patients or doctors.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

 

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  2. The biggest losers are chronic pain patients who will have even more hurdles to overcome when they present their legitimate prescriptions to pharmacies. Number one question at pharmacies: Will filling this prescription put us in jeopardy of being sued by the DOJ/DEA? I have a mental picture of them standing at the front of the store with a cross and holy water, trying to keep us out, like we are vampires. 🙂

  3. All these lawsuits will have one guarenteed loser, the consumer! Any cost incurred from lawsuits will be directly passed on to consumers because corporations aren’t going to lose money!!

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