Big three drug distributors blame doctors, regulators in trial over opioid epidemic

By Reuters7 days ago

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By Brendan Pierson

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(Reuters) - The three largest U.S. drug distributors, facing their first trial over claims that they fueled the opioid crisis, said responsibility for ballooning painkiller sales lies with doctors, drugmakers and regulators.

AmerisourceBergen (NYSE:ABC) Corp, McKesson Corp (NYSE:MCK) and Cardinal Health Inc (NYSE:CAH) are defending themselves against a lawsuit brought by the city of Huntington and Cabell County in West Virginia.

We intend to prove the simple truth that the distributor defendants sold a mountain of opioid pills into our community, fueling the opioid epidemic, Paul Farrell, a lawyer for Cabell County, said in his opening statement in Charleston, West Virginia federal court.

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