Insurer must defend opioid distributor


An insurer must defend a pharmaceutical wholesaler distributor being sued by governmental entities in connection with its distribution of opioids, even though the entities themselves did not suffer bodily injuries, says an Ohio appeals court, in overturning a lower court ruling.

Cincinnati-based Masters Pharmaceutical, which filled and shipped orders of prescription opioids to pharmacies around the country, was sued by various cities and counties from West Virginia, Michigan and Nevada for costs incurred combating the opioid epidemic, according to Wednesday’s ruling by the Ohio appeals court in Cincinnati in Acuity v. Masters Pharmaceutical, Inc.