EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A major agreement in a last-minute settlement means $260 million being paid to some of those affected by the opioid crisis in the Midwest.
Four companies decided to settle with two counties in Ohio to avoid a trial over the opioid epidemic.
AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson will pay a collective $215 million immediately.
Teva Pharmaceutical owes $20 million with $5 million more to be paid before the end of the year.
Pharmacy chain, Walgreens, was not included in the settlement and will get a new trial date.
Corporate Walgreens released this statement that reads in part: “We never sold opioid medications to pain clinics, internet pharmacies or the ‘pill mills’ that fueled the national opioid crisis.”
(This story was originally published on October 21, 2019)