The state of West Virginia reached a settlement with the McKesson Corporation in regards to allegations that the drug distributor played a part in bringing opioids into the Mountain State.
“We filed a lawsuit against McKesson in 2016,” said Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, “and we think that they were negligent… that they had knowledge that their shipments were going to parts across the state which was far in excess in need.”
West Virginia will receive $37 million from McKesson. According to Morrisey, the state has received $84 million from pharmaceutical settlements as a whole.
“And we’re going to keep pushing really hard to protect West Virginia,” said Morrisey. “We’re going to keep working on the litigation. We’ll keep going after the root causes of the epidemic.”
However, despite the settlement, Senator Joe Manchin believes $37 million is nowhere near enough, stating in a press release that the state of Oklahoma reached a settlement of $270 million in a similar case.
“For us to have a one-time slap on the wrist of $37-million, when we know that we are losing over 8-billion dollars a year in economic vitality?” asked Manchin. “All the damage they’ve done, all the heartache, the loss of loved ones, the sufferinng that goes on in our state.”
And despite being called out by Sen. Manchin in the aforementioned press release, Governor Jim Justice echoed those thoughts.
“Everybody that came to me said this was the absolute best that we are going to do. You know without any question, this is the best. I don’t think it’s enough,” said Gov. Justice.