Pharmacy giant Walgreens said it has reached a $683m settlement with Florida to resolve claims that the chain exacerbated an opioid epidemic in the state.
The settlement includes $620m to be paid to Florida over 18 years, plus $63m for legal fees. Florida is the first state to settle its opioid claims against major pharmacy chains Walgreens and CVS, collecting more than $1.1bn from the two companies.
The settlement ends a trial that began on 11 April, after Walgreens decided not to join a combined $878m settlement with four other healthcare companies, including CVS. Walgreens did not admit to wrongdoing as part of the settlement.
Source: The Guardian
Antibiotic Prescriptions Associated With COVID-19 Outpatient Visits Among Medicare Beneficiaries, April 2020 to April 2021
Outpatient Visits for COVID-19 and Associated Antibiotic Prescriptions Among Medicare Beneficiaries Aged 65 Years or Older, by Setting, US, April 2020 to April 2021. The volume of COVID-19 visits differed by setting: emergency department, 525 608 (45.8% of all visits); office, 295 983 (25.3%); telehealth, 260 261 (22.3%); and urgent care, 77 268 (6.6%).
Source: Journal of American Medical Association Network