Where dime bags cost a hundred –
June 7, 2020 – The pharmacies named in the suit operated 31 pharmacies in Lake County (population 220,000) and sold the equivalent of 290 doses of hydrocodone and oxycodone for every resident of the county from 2006 to 2014.
The chains ran 28 pharmacies in Trumbull County from 2006 to 2014, during which time they sold the equivalent of 322 doses of hydrocodone and oxycodone for every county resident.
Walgreens and CVS policed their own orders for drugs they received from distributors AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health, respectively.
CVS and OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma sold pharmacists on the safety of the addictive drug via pain management seminars.
Motivated by bonuses for locations that yielded the greatest productivity, a Painesville, Ohio-based Rite Aid sold 4.2 million hydrocodone and oxycodone doses between 2006 and 2014—for a town with 19,524 people.
CVS penned letters to patients spurring them to continue refilling their prescriptions for an extremely potent formulation of the opioid oxymorphone (Opana ER), which in 2017 the FDArequested be removed from the market due to abuse patterns.