West Virginia Attorney General Sues Drug Wholesaler

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s attorney general has accused one of the nation’s largest drug wholesalers of flooding the state with tens of millions of doses of prescription pills in violation of state law.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Friday announced a lawsuit against San Francisco-based McKesson Corp. The suit was filed in Boone County Circuit Court.

Among other things, the lawsuit alleges violations of state consumer protection laws and the uniform controlled substances act.

McKesson didn’t immediately respond to an email request for comment.

Morrisey says an investigation by his office found that McKesson delivered about 99.5 million doses of hydrocodone and oxycodone to West Virginia between 2007 and 2012.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Virginia leads the nation in the rate of fatal drug overdoses.