Aug 15, 2017

Cincinnati files opioid lawsuit against drug distributors

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The city of Cincinnati is suing the three largest prescription drug distributors — AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson — alleging the companies violated federal law by failing to report suspicious orders of opioids like hydrocodone and oxycodone and are "responsible for the volume of prescription opioids plaguing our community."

Why it matters: Counties and cities in Ohio have aggressively gone after opioid manufacturers and drug distributors, although those companies have argued they are not behind the country's opioid epidemic. Cincinnati marks at least the ninth such lawsuit from an Ohio county or city since July, according to an Axios review of legal filings.

The big picture: The Financial Times reports a "tidal wave" of opioid-related lawsuits from other states, cities and counties across the country.

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.