A ‘Fifteen-Yr Failure’: Walgreens Answerable for Contributing to Opioid Disaster in San Francisco, Choose Guidelines

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A 'Fifteen-Year Failure': Walgreens Liable for Contributing to Opioid Crisis in San Francisco, Judge Rules

Walgreens Co. is liable for substantially contributing to the opioid epidemic in San Francisco as the city’s largest dispenser of prescription opioids, a California federal judge ruled.

Walgreens stood as the remaining defendant in a bench trial brought by the city and county of San Francisco, alleging manufacturers, distributors and dispensers of prescription opioids created a public nuisance in the city. Ahead of the trial, defendants Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and its subsidiary Anda Inc., AbbVie Inc.’s Allergan and Endo Health Solutions reached settlement agreements.

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