- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) - The Latest on settlements in West Virginia with drug wholesalers (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

Five drug wholesalers have agreed to a $4.2 million settlement in a lawsuit alleging that they shipped an excessive number of prescription opioids to West Virginia.

A news release from Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Thursday announced the settlement with Anda Inc., The Harvard Drug Group, Associated Pharmacies, KeySource Medical Inc. and Quest Pharmaceuticals. As part of the settlement, they deny the lawsuit’s allegations.

Miami-Luke previously agreed to settle for $2.5 million, bringing the total in the lawsuit to $6.7 million.

In 2012, then-Attorney General Darrell McGraw filed a lawsuit against 12 prescription drug wholesalers. Documents show that the companies distributed painkillers to notorious “pill mill” pharmacies in West Virginia’s smallest towns and poorest counties.

The release says the attorney general, drug wholesalers, and state health and public safety agencies settled to avoid delay, expense and inconvenience, and uncertainty of litigation.

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11 a.m.

KeySource Medical and Associated Pharmacies have joined other drug wholesalers and agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging that they shipped an excessive number of prescription opioids to West Virginia.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (https://bit.ly/28RrQNi) that according to the lawsuit, between 2007 and 2012 Associated Pharmacies shipped 2.7 million doses of hydrocodone and 266,700 oxycodone pills to West Virginia. In the same timeframe, KeySource Medical distributed 1.2 million hydrocodone pills and 905,000 oxycodone tablets.

In 2012, then-Attorney General Darrell McGraw filed a lawsuit against 12 prescription drug wholesalers. Documents show that the companies distributed painkillers to notorious “pill mill” pharmacies in West Virginia’s smallest towns and poorest counties.

Boone Circuit Judge William Thompson is allowing companies that settle with Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office to keep secret information about pill shipments to specific pharmacies in southern West Virginia.

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