(Reuters) – Drug distributor Cardinal Health Inc warned on Tuesday that its business could be hurt as it defends itself against several opioid-related lawsuits.
Several pharmaceutical wholesale distributors, including Cardinal, have been named as defendants in about 2,500 lawsuits for the distribution of prescription opioid pain medications. These lawsuits have been filed in various federal, state, and other courts by a variety of plaintiffs.
Cardinal said in a filing it expects to be named as a defendant in additional lawsuits.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors have been in part blamed for the U.S. opioid crisis, accused of deceptively marketing opioids in ways that downplayed their risks.
AmerisourceBergen Corp and McKesson Corp are also facing similar lawsuits.
Cardinal said it was vigorously defending itself in all opioid-related matters, but is unable to predict their outcome or estimate a range of reasonably possible losses. (bit.ly/2KVe5ME)
Cardinal said that…
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