Two Ohio counties are suing pharmacies over the opioid crisis
A juror in an opioid case against major pharmacies caused a stir in the trial by bringing in extraneous materials and distributing them to fellow jurors, which the judge called “an absolute no-no.”
The incident resulted in defendants CVS Health Corp, Walgreens, Walmart, Inc., and Giant Eagle, Inc. called for a wrongful trial, claiming jury misconduct.
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Ohio counties Lake and Trumbull are suing the companies in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Ohio, arguing that it caused a public nuisance by the way pharmacies dispense pain medications in communities.
The juror, who decided to conduct individual research, brought in a flyer showing that Narcan, a drug used to treat opioid overdoses, was available for free from a local community program. He had printed copies of the pamphlet for making available to other jurors.
Jurors are always prohibited from conducting their own research on the trial outside the courtroom, so after the revelation that extraneous material was brought in for distribution, the court interviewed each juror personally to confirm that they were affected by the document. were or not.
The juror who brought the Narcan flyer was dismissed, and the court determined that the trail could still continue.
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“Luckily, [the flyer] It feels like something that’s not really relevant to the jury’s decision,” Judge Dan Polster said. “I mean, whether or not — whether you have to pay for Narcan or whatever is pretty touchy . But I think I’ve impressed on each [the remaining jurors] That it’s an absolute, absolute no-no.”
The plaintiffs are seeking damages from the pharmacy chains, accusing them of not having adequate restrictions on the distribution of painkillers. Lawyers for the companies argue that pharmacists are only following physicians’ prescriptions when filling customer orders.