Walmart, CVS, Walgreens Must Disclose 14 Years of Opioid Data

A Walmart pharmacy is shown in this 2013 photo. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and other pharmacies must cough up 14 years of national opioid-dispensing data and hand it to plaintiffs seeking billions of dollars from the companies for their alleged role in the opioid abuse crisis.

A federal judge in Cleveland overseeing the opioid multidistrict litigation involving more than 2,000 lawsuits issued a ruling that disregards most of the pharmacy industry defendants’ arguments for why their data should be kept private.