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AG Moody Settles with Walmart Over Opioid Allegations

  • Florida AG Ashley Moody has announced a settlement with Walmart Inc. to resolve without litigation allegations, including from a number of Florida municipalities, regarding the company’s role in contributing to the state’s opioid crisis.
  • The settlement resolves allegations that Walmart pharmacies distributed and dispensed prescription opioid pain medication improperly, although the settlement also states that Walmart “dispensed many fewer opioids per store and in dosages that were substantially lower than the other major chain pharmacies and independent pharmacies in Florida.”
  • As part of the settlement, Walmart has agreed to pay $215 million, approximately $188 million of which will go to remediate the impact of the opioid crisis in Florida, and also to partner with AG Moody’s office to dispense 672,000 naloxone kits—an opioid antagonist that rapidly reverses the effects of an overdose—to first responders across the state.