(ThePatriotWire)- On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the start of an inquiry into Walmart to see if it had unlawfully filled any prescriptions or failed to report any questionable opioid prescriptions.
According to Paxton, the shop must provide important documents in response to a Civil Investigative Demand he filed.
Paxton stated that his office is looking into possible breaches of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act in a press release posted on his website.
As of 2006, when Walmart was compelled to disclose opioid prescription sales to the Drug Enforcement Administration and Texas state authorities, Paxton requested that the retailer provide documents dating back to that year.
The illicit promotion and sale of opioids, which have led to addiction and the premature deaths of thousands of individuals each year, have affected Texans, according to Paxton. “I have battled for Texans who this has cruelly impacted,” he added.
If pharmacies contributed to this deadly pandemic, he declared that I’m dedicated to holding them responsible.
According to Fox News, Walmart stated it would cooperate and was satisfied that its pharmacies in Texas had not broken any laws.
In response, Walmart has “never manufactured, marketed, or promoted opioids.” It is also noted that pharmacists are not medical professionals and do not prescribe opioids.
They said they believe in their track record of fighting the opioid crisis. They are proud of their pharmacists, who educate patients about the risks associated with opioid prescriptions and have turned down hundreds of thousands of opioid prescriptions they believed might pose a problem.
If anything, Walmart said, it has been criticized for being overly harsh in its rejection of opioid prescriptions.
According to Reuters, Walmart is presently the target of a federal lawsuit over how the corporation records what the government refers to as “suspect opioid orders.”
Until the court decided in a case involving two doctors who had been found guilty of abusing their medical licenses by writing opioid prescriptions, that litigation remained on hold. The federal civil lawsuit will resume in July due to the Supreme Court’s decision in that case on Monday, which sided with the physicians.