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Walmart sues United States government over opioid case – Al Jazeera English

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Walmart filed a suit against the US Department of Justice and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday.Retail huge Walmart Inc announced on Thursday that it had submitted a suit against the United States federal government, looking for clarity on the roles and legal responsibilities of pharmacists and drug stores in filling opioid prescriptions.
Walmart stated certain officials in the US Department of Justice (DOJ) are threatening to sue the retail giant, claiming pharmacists ought to have refused to fill otherwise legitimate opioid prescriptions.
“We are bringing this suit due to the fact that there is no federal law requiring pharmacists to interfere in the doctor-patient relationship to the degree DOJ is demanding,” Walmart, which runs one of the largest drug store chains in the nation, said in a statement.
In its lawsuit against the DOJ and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Walmart said federal authorities are looking for civil charges connected to its supposed failure to submit suspicious order reports, including that this potential relocation would be “unprecedented”.
The DOJ and the DEA did not immediately react to a request for comment from Reuters news firm Thursday.
On Wednesday, a West Virginia court ruled that Walmart should turn over info about federal and state examinations into its opioid-related practices to healthcare facilities suing the company for supposedly adding to the epidemic.
Opioid addiction declared roughly 400,000 lives in the US from 1999 to 2017, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Critics of the pharmaceutical market said opioid makers hid the dependency and abuse threats of extended use from consumers, spurring the crisis.
Previously this week, Purdue Pharma LP consented to plead guilty to criminal charges over the handling of its addicting prescription opioid OxyContin and pay $225m in a handle United States prosecutors that successfully avoided paying billions of dollars in penalties and stopped short of criminally charging its executives or wealthy Sackler household owners.

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