West Virginia reaches $3.5M settlement with drug wholesaler

Springfield, Ill.-based H.D. Smith Wholesale Drug Co. has agreed to pay West Virginia $3.5 million to resolve allegations it failed to detect, report and prevent suspicious prescription drug orders, according to the Star Tribune.

H.D. Smith is one of several companies that have settled with the state over allegations they contributed to widespread drug abuse in West Virginia by failing to detect suspicious prescriptions for pain pills. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said H.D. Smith's settlement is the largest so far, according to the report.

 Litigation over the suspicious drug orders involving two more defendants, which is subject to a confidentiality order, is still pending in Boone County Circuit Court, according to the report.

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