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As drug firms race to position themselves as key players in the coronavirus fight, the industry faces a renewed wave of civil lawsuits stemming from its role in the nation's deadly opioid epidemic.

Thousands of cases that ground to a halt because of the COVID-19 pandemic are moving forward again as local, state and federal courts reopen around the United States.

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A federal judge overseeing opioid litigation in Cleveland has ruled against a request by five pharmacy chains to dismiss lawsuits filed by Lake and Trumbull Counties. 

Nearly 2,000 cities, towns and counties across America are currently participating in a massive multidistrict civil lawsuit against the opioid industry for damages related to the abuse of prescription pain medication. The defendants in the suit include drug manufacturers like Mallinckrodt, wholesale distributors McKesson and Cardinal Health, and pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens.

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For the first time, a federal court in Ohio is releasing a trove of data that offers far more detail about the size and scope of the nation's opioid epidemic — and about the role played by drug companies and pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens and Johnson & Johnson that profited from the rapid growth of prescription opioid sales.

When it comes to making changes in health care, CVS Health isn't settling for tinkering around the edges. The company is looking to strike at the heart of how health care is delivered in the U.S.

In November, the drugstore chain completed a $70 billion acquisition of health insurance giant Aetna that CVS has said will change the company and in the process alter the way consumers experience health care.

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CVS Health is facing a federal lawsuit claiming the company unintentionally revealed the HIV status of up to 6 thousand Ohio residents though a prescription mailing. 

Cincinnati-based Kroger is following the lead of the CVS pharmacy chain in making the heroin overdose antidote naloxone available at its stores without a prescription.

The CVS drug store chain will carry the heroin overdose antidote naloxone at its Ohio stores.