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Settlement of $550,000 reached with pharmacy over prescription painkillers

The West Virginia Attorney General’s Office reaches a $550,000 settlement with a Boone County pharmacy that was accused of providing nearly 10 million doses of highly addictive prescription painkillers. (FDA)

The West Virginia Attorney General’s Office reached a $550,000 settlement with a Boone County pharmacy that was accused of providing nearly 10 million doses of highly addictive prescription painkillers.

The settlement resolves allegations that Larry’s Drive-In Pharmacy helped fuel the state’s opioid crisis, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office. The nearly 10 million doses it allegedly dispensed proved far greater than the county’s 11 other retail pharmacies, including three operated by national chains.

“Every aspect of the pharmaceutical supply chain bears responsibility the senseless death brought upon our state,” Attorney General Morrisey said in the news release. “This settlement demonstrates my commitment to go after all parties, regardless of size, to ensure their conduct adhere to best practices so that our state can reach her full potential.”

Larry’s Drive-In Pharmacy was among three sued in less than a month between December 2016 and January 2017. Lawsuits against the others – Crab Orchard Pharmacy Inc. of Raleigh County and Judy’s Drug Store Inc. of Grant County – continue.

The attorney general alleged Larry’s Drive-In Pharmacy failed to identify suspicious prescriptions or determine whether it was dispensing a suspicious number of pills.

The eight-count civil complaint charged Larry’s Drive-In Pharmacy with violations of the state’s Consumer Protection and Credit Act, and unfair methods of competition, negligence, unjust enrichment, creating a public nuisance and intentional acts and omissions.

Larry’s Drive-In Pharmacy denied any allegation of liability or wrongdoing as part of the settlement. It permanently ceased operations during the course of the state’s litigation.

The pharmacy had been accused of providing the painkillers over an 11-year period in a county that has fewer than 25,000 residents.

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