The settlement with McKesson Corporation, involves allegations that the drug maker was one of several companies that flooded the Mountain State with pills, fueling the opioid epidemic. West Virginia will receive $37 million dollars from McKesson. That the largest settlement since Cardinal Health agreed to pay $20 million. All told, West Virginia has collected $84 million in drug settlements.
“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. Jim Justice, (R) West Virginia.
During the senate campaign last fall, Senator Manchin predicted the settlement with McKesson would be $35 million. He says the $37 million now offered is an insult considering the cost of the opiod crisis.
“And 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? All the damage they’ve done, all the heartache the loss of loved ones, the suffering that goes on in our state,” said Sen. Joe Manchin, (D) West Virginia.
McKesson will have to pay $14.5 million dollars to West Virginia right away. The rest will be spread out in payments over the next five years.
“The settlement with McKesson only involves the State of West Virginia’s lawsuit. It will not have an impact on lawsuits filed by individual cities and counties in the Mountain State against McKesson,” said Mark Curtis, 13 News Chief Political Reporter.