CVS and Walgreens Near $10 Billion Deal to Settle Opioid Cases

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CVS and Walgreens, two of the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chains, said on Wednesday that they had reached tentative agreements to pay about $5 billion each to settle thousands of lawsuits over their role in the opioid crisis, a development that could signal the beginning of the end of years of opioid litigation.

Since 2013, a snowballing number of state, local and tribal governments have been seeking to make companies across the pharmaceutical industry pay to reduce the ongoing costs of addiction, death and crime in an epidemic that began with prescription painkillers. 

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