WV MetroNews Network – The town of Kermit, Mingo County, has filed a lawsuit against five of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical drug wholesalers and a local pharmacy owner, claiming that they flooded the town with millions of prescription pills in violation of the law.
The suit filed by Kermit, which registered a population of 406 in the 2010 Census, names San Francisco-based McKesson Corporation, Pennsylvania-based AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation, Ohio-based Cardinal health, Ohio-based Miami-Luken, South Carolina-based AD Smith Corporation and a former Kermit pharmacy, Sav-Rite Pharmacy.
“The lawsuit seeks to recovery damages for the economic burden shouldered by Kermit, which like many cities and counties throughout West Virginia, has been decimated by the opioid epidemic,” the town’s announcement about the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit alleges the pharmaceutical companies shipped more than 423 million doses to West Virginia and its 1.8 million people between 2007 and 2012, earning revenues of more than $17 billion.
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