Retail pharmacy giants get opioid trial start date

A federal judge has scheduled the start date for a trial against several major pharmacy chains that seeks to place blame on them for fueling the opioid crisis, according to The Washington Post.

Ohio Federal Judge Dan Polster scheduled the trial that pits pharmacy chains, including CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid, against two Ohio counties for Oct. 13, 2020. 

While a number of drugmakers and distributors have paid hundreds of millions of dollars in multiple settlements over their roles in fueling the opioid crisis, no pharmacy chains have paid. 

Last month, the first federal opioid trial against six drugmakers ended in a last minute settlement. Walgreens was the only pharmacy chain among the defendants, but it did not participate in the settlement. 

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