Opioid distributors are asked to boost offer to end litigation


States are pushing drug distributors McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp. to add $2.3 billion to their $19.2 billion proposal to resolve government lawsuits over the U.S. opioid epidemic.

A majority of the state attorneys general are seeking the added funds to bring the total settlement package, including $4 billion from drugmaker Johnson & Johnson, to about $25.5 billion, according to people familiar with the talks who asked not to be identified because they aren't authorized to speak publicly.