Opioid inquiry sees distributor charged with criminal offence: US

US government claims Rochester Drug Co-operative Inc turned a blind eye to suspicious opioid orders

A major opioid drug distributor and its company executives have been criminally charged over their alleged roles in fueling the US opioid epidemic.

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The US government filed the the charges against Rochester Drug Co-operative (RDC) Inc, one of the country's largest drug distributors on Tuesday, saying it had put profits ahead of patient safety.

RDC agreed to pay a $20 million fine and enter a five-year deferred prosecution agreement to resolve charges that it turned a blind eye to thousands of suspicious orders for opioids.

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