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Drug Wholesalers Settle Pill Shipment Lawsuit

    According to a news release, drug wholesaler Miami-Luke settled a pill shipment lawsuit involving Anda Inc., The Harvard Drug Group, Associated Pharmacies, KeySource Medical Inc. and Quest Pharmaceuticals. As part of the settlement, they deny the lawsuit's allegations. Drug wholesalers settle for $4.2 million, while they previously agreed to settle for $2.5 million, bringing the total in the lawsuit to $6.7 million. In 2012, then-Attorney General Darrell McGraw sued 12 prescription drug wholesalers. The companies distributed painkillers to notorious "pill mill" pharmacies in West Virginia's smallest towns and poorest counties, according to court documents that the Charleston Gazette-Mail requested to have unsealed. Court records show the drug distributors shipped large quantities of oxycodone and hydrocodone tablets to small towns, supplying mom-and-pop pharmacies that filled prescriptions from doctors, the Gazette-Mail has reported previously. The attorney general, drug wholesalers, and state departments of Health and Human Resources and Military Affairs and Public Safety settled to avoid delay, expense and inconvenience, and uncertainty of prolonged litigation, the release says. The settlements include: $1.9 million with Anda; $1 million with The Harvard Drug Group; $850,000 with Associated Pharmacies; and $250,000 each with KeySource Medical and Quest Pharmaceuticals. They must pay the full amounts between two to 30 days of the settlement's execution, a time that varies among the settlements. Litigation against the remaining defendants is ongoing in Boone County Circuit Court. Boone Circuit Judge William Thompson is allowing companies that settle with Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office to keep secret information about pill shipments to specific pharmacies in southern West Virginia, according to an order issued in May. In the recently unsealed documents, Thompson redacted pill shipment details for Miami-Luken, Associated Pharmacies, KeySource Medical and four other drugfirms actively negotiating settlements with Morrisey's office. Originally Posted by the AP on Drug Wholesalers Settle Pill Shipment Lawsuit - Ball & Bonholtzer Trial Attorney - Los Angeles

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