AG Beshear Files Another Lawsuit Against An Opioid Distributor

AG Beshear Files Another Lawsuit Against An Opioid Distributor”

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing a fourth prescription distributor for supplying "dangerous levels" of painkillers to Kentucky.

Kentucky's attorney general has filed another lawsuit against a pharmaceutical distributor that he blames for the state's opioid addiction problems. Cardinal supplies 20.7 percent of pharmaceuticals nationally, and McKesson supplies 32.7 percent.

In a release, Beshear said, "We must stop these large supplies of opioids fueling addiction in so many of our communities", Beshear said.

"Thirty percent of the market is creating 400, 500 opioids for every man, woman, and child over a short period of time", stated Beshear.

The lawsuit alleges the drug distributor shipped an estimated 9,508,971 opioid doses from 2010 through 2016 into Bell County. He says the suits filed target companies who supply 85 percent of opioids in Kentucky.

Beshear filed the suit in Floyd Circuit Court, saying he wanted AmerisourceBergen officials to come to Kentucky and explain why they distributed so many doses of the highly addictive drugs in eastern Kentucky.

Beshear filed his first suit in November 2017 against Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions for violating state law and directly contributing to state opioid related deaths and overdoses from its drug Opana.

West Virginia's attorney general recently settled similar claims with AmerisourceBergan for $16 million.

Meanwhile, 54 Kentucky counties - many of them in eastern Kentucky - have been cited by the Centers for Disease Control as at risk for outbreaks of Hepatitis C and HIV, Beshear said.

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