The tactic could also provide anend-run around an existing state law that makes it tough to bringsuit against drug companies for drugs that have already won FDAapproval.

The state of Michigan has filed a lawsuit against McKessonCorporation, Cardinal Health Inc., AmerisourceBergen Corporationand Walgreens, charging them with creating the opioid crisis byflooding the market with pills and selling them without oversightthat could have prevented their misuse.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the suit, filed in WayneCounty Circuit Court under the Drug Dealer Liability Act, is thefirst by a state to sue drug companies as drug dealers.Municipalities have already taken such actions, but Michigan is thefirst state to do so.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.