Over Allegations Of Contributing To The Opioid Crisis, Attorney General Rosenblum Has Announced A $3.1 Billion Settlement With Walmart

$3.1 Billion Settlement With Walmart: In light of claims that Walmart exacerbated the opioid addiction issue by failing to adequately regulate the dispensing of opioids at its stores, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today announced a national Attorney General settlement with Walmart. This is the first time a national pharmacy chain has reached a deal with state attorneys general over opioids, but similar agreements are likely to be reached in the near future.

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Attorney General Rosenblum Has Announced A $3.1 Billion Settlement With Walmart

More than $3 billion will be distributed on a national scale, and substantial changes will be made to the way Walmart pharmacies handle opioids as a result of the deal.

Those we’ve lost to the opioid crisis, which was fostered by the greed of opioid drug manufacturers, distributors, and dispensers, are gone forever. While other national agreements are still in the works with CVS and Walgreens, Rosenblum praised the recent settlement with Walmart, a major pharmacy chain, as “important steps toward finally bringing all the main players in this national disaster accountable.”

Attorney General Rosenblum Has Announced A $3.1 Billion Settlement With Walmart
Attorney General Rosenblum Has Announced A $3.1 Billion Settlement With Walmart

I’m happy to report that we’re making progress toward our goal of delivering appropriate treatment, services, and resources across the state for families and communities hit hard by the opioid crisis, thanks in large part to the money that’s starting to come in from our other recent settlements.

Gaining support

People with opioid use disorder will have access to treatment and rehabilitation services funded by $3.1 billion, which will be distributed among participating states, local governments, and tribes.

Extensive, legally mandated regulations, such as stringent oversight to detect and stop fake prescriptions.
The parties are confident that they will get the necessary approvals from 43 states by the end of 2022, which will make it possible for municipalities to join the settlement in the first quarter of 2023. More information regarding the dispersal of the funds is forthcoming.

Attorney General Rosenblum will confer with local governments and thoroughly evaluate the settlement’s specifics before giving his final approval. The states revealed last month that positive talks were also taking place with Walgreens and CVS. The parties remain committed to implementing their agreements.

In Oregon, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and her team at the Department of Justice, led by Assistant Attorney General David Hart, have been at the forefront of efforts to bring those responsible for the opioid crisis to justice. When it comes to pharmaceutical litigation and settlements involving multiple states, the Department of Justice’s legal team has been in the vanguard for over 15 years.

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Recent settlements involving opioids include $5 billion for Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen, $21 billion for the three largest distributors of opioids (Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen), and $573 million for the consulting firm McKinsey.

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