The Louisiana Attorney General, Jeff Landry announced a $3.1 billion settlement with Walmart to quell allegations that the company was failing to oversee opioid dispensation effectively.
The $3.1 billion dollars will be applied nationwide to provide treatment and recovery for those struggling with opioid addiction. The settlement also includes court-ordered requirements of oversight to end fraudulent prescriptions and flag suspicious prescriptions.
In a media release from Attorney General Landry’s office he said, “Too many of our neighbors have buried their loved ones throughout the opioid epidemic, and too many other families in Louisiana remain devastated by the crisis…For these people and all impacted by the opioid epidemic, my office and I will continue working hard to hold accountable companies that have created and fueled the crisis.”
Back in October, multiple states confirmed that settlement negotiations were occurring with CVS and Walgreens, but Louisiana and the other involved states are still working to achieve a final settlement with the two companies.
“Walmart has filled significantly fewer prescriptions for opioids than CVS or Walgreens, and they have been proactive for the last few years in trying to monitor and control prescription opioid diversion,” Attorney General Landry said.
He also claimed that Walmart has worked with Louisiana law enforcement to remove “bad actors” in the medical indurty.
For the settlement to be accepted and for local governments to join the deal in 2023, all 43 involved states must support the agreement.
Along with Louisiana’s Attorney General, the following states attorney generals have been lead negotiators in the settlement:
- North Carolina
- New York