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Pharmacies in Opioid MDL Must Turn Over 14 Years of Opioid Data

January 9, 2020

So far major pharmacies are silent on a new federal court order for CVS Health, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Walmart and other pharmacy defendants in the nationwide opioid multidistrict litigation (MDL) to submit 14 years of opioid dispensing data.

Judge Dan Polster of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio instructed the companies to produce the data “as soon as possible,” starting with Ohio’s Cuyahoga and Summit counties and expanding in scope to include the whole U.S. The companies did not return calls for comment.

The aim is to open a larger window on the amount of opioids dispensed in the country since 2006. The data would also be available for use in future MDL cases, even if they are transferred to another court.

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