CVS, Walmart and Walgreens ordered to pay $650.6 million to Ohio counties in opioid case

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Aug 17 (Reuters) - Pharmacy operators CVS (CVS.N), Walmart (WMT.N) and Walgreens (WBA.O) must pay a combined $650.6 million to two Ohio counties to address the damage done by the opioid epidemic, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

The order by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland marks the first time pharmacy chains have been ordered to pay money in an opioid lawsuit. It comes after a jury last November concluded that the companies helped create a public nuisance in Lake and Trumbull counties by over-supplying addictive pain pills, many of which found their way onto the black market.

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