(AmericanProsperity.com) – America is currently experiencing an opioid crisis as overdose deaths remain the main cause of injury related deaths. The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently filed a lawsuit against one of the largest drug distributors in the US, claiming the business is partly responsible for the ongoing epidemic.
— The Hill (@thehill) December 29, 2022
The DOJ noted in a press release on December 29, 2022 that it filed a civil complaint, alleging AmerisourceBergen and two of its divisions violated the federal law concerning the “distribution of controlled substances.” Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta declared the DOJ was focused on entities that were actively fueling the opioid crisis by disregarding federal law.
The Associate AG noted federal laws require businesses to report drug orders they find to be suspicious to authorities. Gupta claimed the complaint alleges AmericourceBergen failed to report such activity on multiple occasions. Overall, the complaint indicates that prosecutors believe several pharmacies saw signs their product was being used illegally but continued to sell the product anyway and failed to report the suspicious activity.
AmerisourceBergen denied the DOJ’s allegations and pushed back against the department’s claims. The drug distributor declared in a statement that the DOJ should instead blame the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). AmerisourceBergen mentioned that in each of the examples the DOJ provided, the company provided the DEA with the necessary information on the pharmacies and their ordering habits for controlled substances.
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