Kentucky files suit against Walgreens for 'fueling' opioid epidemic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky's attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to side with him when it comes to suing pharmaceutical companies he says are misleading the public about their drugs.

According to a news release, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined with a bipartisan group of attorneys general in signing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Albrecht.

The filing argues that pharmaceutical company Merck, "can be held liable under state law for misleading and misrepresenting the side effects of its osteoporosis preventive drug Fosamax, even if the company is not liable under federal law," according to the news release.

Hundreds of Fosamax users have filed personal injury lawsuits against Merck after they suffered from a specific type of bone fracture. The users claim the company failed to warn them about the likelihood of the fractures.

Beshear says he hopes the justices will reaffirm states' abilities to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable when they mislead the public on the potential side effects of their drugs.

With nine lawsuits, Kentucky now leads the nation in the number of individual opioid lawsuits filed by an attorney general, according to the news release.


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