The nation’s largest retailer said the US Department of Justice threatened the company to claim that its pharmacists should not fill otherwise valid prescriptions for opioid drugs.
But Walmart on Thursday filed its complaint accusing the government of putting pharmacists in “a rock and a hard place” to disrupt relations between doctors and patients, leading to an investigation by state health regulators is.
“We are torn between demand from Walmart and our pharmacists [the Drug Enforcement Administration] Health agencies and regulators on the one hand, and patients on the other, are caught in the middle, ”the Arkansas-based company, which runs more than 5,000 pharmacies across the US, said in a statement.
The lawsuit against the Department of Justice and the DEA calls for a Texas federal court to issue a declaration declaring a legal obligation to fill prescriptions for substances controlled by pharmacists, saying that the law should be “second-guessed” by doctors. Judgment is not required.
A legal battle has erupted between the federations’ efforts to capture the general manager responsible for the spread epidemic, leading to his death. 450,000 people from 1999 to 2018.
The day after Walmart’s complaint, the Department of Justice announced a comprehensive settlement with Purdue Pharma, which would indict the bankrupt Oxycopt manufacturer for three criminal charges.
Walmart says the Fed plans to take a civil action against the company based on prescriptions from its pharmacists filled with doctors whose scribes should have been dismissed to the board. About 70 percent of the alleged problematic doctors are believed to still have prescription privileges from the DAA, according to Walmart.
Texas federal prosecutors launched an investigation into Walmart in December 2016 and told the company that it would be motivated by opioid concerns in the spring of 2018. The Department of Justice eventually refused to prosecute the company in August 2018, but a civil investigation continued according to the suit.
Both the Department of Justice and the DEA declined to comment. As of 11:47 am Friday, Walmart shares were down 0.1 percent at $ 143.34.
With post wires