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Opioid distributors propose $10B settlement to end state lawsuits

McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., and AmerisourceBergen Corp. have proposed paying $10 billion to settle claims they helped to fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic — the first sign of progress in resolving state lawsuits against the drug distributors. The companies, which deliver the majority of prescription medications to U.S. pharmacies, made the verbal proposal as part of talks with a group of state attorneys general.

The companies made the verbal proposal as part of talks with a group of state attorneys general. The National Association of Attorneys General, which is the handling talks on behalf of several states, countered with a demand for $45 billion to cover costs from the crisis, the report said.

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