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Defending opioid claims Two pharmacy chains involved in multidistrict litigation are suing 500 physicians alleging that doctors and not pharmacists are to blame for faulty prescriptions. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Claims stemming from the manufacture, sale, distribution, and prescription of opioid products continue to proliferate, fueling opioid liability as a historic mass tort. Claims asserted in lawsuits brought by state and local governments include allegations of negligence, fraudulent misrepresentation, violation of consumer protection statutes, public nuisance, unjust enrichment, antitrust violations, and claims for medical monitoring and injunctive relief, among others.

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