Walmart has been accused Tuesday of contributing to the deadly opioid epidemic in the US.
Based on a years-long investigation, the largest pharmacy chain and wholesale drug distributors in the country filled thousands of invalid prescriptions and failed to report suspicious orders of opioids and other drugs placed by its pharmacies.
The federal authorities allege “hundreds of thousands of violations” of the Controlled Substances Act, and are seeking billions of dollars in penalties.
“As one of the largest pharmacy chains and wholesale drug distributors in the country, Walmart had the responsibility and the means to help prevent the diversion of prescription opioids. Instead, for years, it did the opposite … This unlawful conduct contributed to the epidemic of opioid abuse throughout the United States,” said Jeffrey Bossert Clark, the acting chief of Justice’s Civil Division.
Timothy Shea, acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said the retail giant’s pharmacies routinely filled “illegitimate” prescriptions.
“Too many lives have been lost because of oversight failures and those entrusted with responsibility turning a blind eye,” Shea said.
“As the operator of its pharmacies, Walmart knowingly filled thousands of controlled substance prescriptions that were not issued for legitimate medical purposes or in the usual course of medical practice, and that it filled prescriptions outside the ordinary course of pharmacy practice,” federal officials said.
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