Ohio to get $40M in US settlement with ex-opioid distributor

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FILE – This Monday, June 17, 2019, file photo, shows 5-mg pills of Oxycodone. Two Ohio counties are asking a judge to find that drugmakers and distributors were not allowed to ship suspicious orders of controlled substances to pharmacies. If a judge sides with the request from Cuyahoga and Summit counties, it would clear the way for the governments to assert that drug companies ignored the regulations as a nationwide opioid crisis continued to grow. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Attorney General’s Office says Ohio will receive nearly $40 million as part of a nationwide settlement with a British company that once distributed a drug used to treat opioid addiction.

An attorney general spokesman says Reckitt Benckiser Group signed its agreement with all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Justice in July announced a $1.4 billion recovery from Reckitt Benckiser to resolve potential criminal and civil liability involving a subsidiary called Indivior spun off by the company in 2014.

The DOJ said Indivior marketed opioid-based Suboxone Film as safer than competing opioid addiction treatment drugs. Indivior faces a federal criminal trial next year in Virginia.

Reckitt Benckiser denied any wrongdoing in July.

The states’ share of the settlement is $700 million.

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