The following is an excerpt from Independent via Yahoo! News.
CVS, Walmart and Walgreens will have to pay a third of the amount needed by the two Ohio counties to combat the damage caused by the drug epidemic, according to a ruling on Wednesday by federal judge Dan Polster in Cleveland.
The judge added that two other groups in the pharmaceutical chain – drug manufacturers and drug distributors – should also be held responsible.
In November, the federal court had ruled that the three pharmacy giants helped dispense addictive opioid pills that led to an oversupply of the drugs and public nuisance over the years even as it was reported that the pills were being used for drug abuse.
Many of the drugs in circulation found their way to the black market and were also sold illegally.
The judge said the fine imposed on the companies will have to be paid over the next 15 years and fixed an $86.7m amount to be paid to a fund immediately in the first two years.
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