Cleveland federal judge strikes down pharmacies’ attempts to sue doctors in opioid litigation


CLEVELAND, Ohio — A federal judge in Cleveland who oversees thousands of opioid lawsuits tossed an attempt by pharmacies to shift responsibility to doctors by arguing they were only filling prescriptions.

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster on Tuesday struck down two complaints filed in January by six large pharmacy chains against unnamed doctors in Cuyahoga and Summit counties. The pharmacies argued that they wouldn’t be going after doctors but that they had to do so because the counties are trying to hold them financially responsible for the opioid epidemic, which has seen hundreds of thousands of overdose deaths nationwide in the past two decades.