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Jury rules against pharmacy chains in big US opioid case

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New York (AFP) – An Ohio jury decided Tuesday that pharmacies owned by Walmart, Walgreens and CVS bear responsibility for the opioid crisis in two counties in the US state. The three companies acted illegally in filling significant opioid prescriptions in Lake and Trumbell counties, creating an “oversupply” of the drugs and a “public nuisance,” a jury in a federal court in Cleveland found. The case marks the first instance in which distributors of the addictive painkillers — rather than manufacturers — have been found liable for the health crisis that has claimed more than 500,000 lives in t…

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