June 25, 2020

Insurer must defend opioid distributor

An insurer must defend a pharmaceutical wholesaler distributor being sued by governmental entities in connection with its distribution of opioids, even though the entities themselves did not suffer bodily injuries, says an Ohio appeals court, in overturning a lower court ruling.
April 20, 2020

•In 2017, Ohio guidelines were passed to reduce acute pain opioid prescriptions •We compared pre/post-guidelines opioid scripts for hip and knee arthroplasty
April 16, 2020

CVS, Walgreens facing fewer allegations in federal opioid litigation

CVS and Walgreens now face fewer allegations against them in federal opioid litigation after an April 15 appeals court ruling, STAT reported.
April 16, 2020

Federal appeals court rules for pharmacies on pre-trial questions in massive opioid litigation

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the trial judge overseeing a massive set of cases involving the opioid crisis had violated the procedural rights of pharmacies who were defendants in the matter. In the case, Judge Dan Polster in the Northern District of Ohio had allowed Cuyahoga and Summit Counties in that state to add legal claims to their complaints against the pharmacies when in a normal case it would have been far too late to do so.
April 15, 2020

6th Circuit Panel: MDL Judge's Ruling in Opioid Case Was 'Clear Abuse of Discretion'

MDLs, Sixth Circuit Judge Raymond Kethledge wrote, “are not some kind of judicial border country, where the rules are few and the law rarely makes an appearance.”
April 10, 2020

Opioid prescribing down 378 million doses in Ohio

COLUMBUS — A new report shows the number of prescription opioid doses in Ohio has decreased by 48%
March 31, 2020

Cleveland federal judge strikes down pharmacies’ attempts to sue doctors in opioid litigation

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A federal judge in Cleveland who oversees thousands of opioid lawsuits tossed an attempt by pharmacies to shift responsibility to doctors by arguing they were only filling prescriptions.
March 6, 2020

Marietta doctor convicted of illegally distributing opioid pain meds, health care fraud

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — A federal jury has convicted 65-year-old Roger D. Andersen, a southeast Ohio doctor, of illegally prescribing controlled substances and defrauding health care programs. Anderson owned and operated Marietta Medical, which was located on Putnam Street in Marietta.