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A former McKinsey & Co partner sued the global consulting firm on Friday and accused it of defaming him and making him a “scapegoat” to distract attention from its work advising OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and other manufacturers of opioid pain medications.

Pharmacy operators CVS (CVS.N), Walmart (WMT.N), and Walgreens (WBA.O) on Tuesday urged Ohio’s highest court to conclude they cannot be held liable for fueling an opioid epidemic in two of the state’s counties that won a $650.9 million judgment against them.

Emergent BioSolutions announced today it has named former Bausch + Lomb CEO Joseph Papa to the top job as the company, which makes the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan, aims to return to revenue growth.

The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge by President Joe Biden’s administration to the legality of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy settlement, a deal that if approved would shield its wealthy Sackler family owners from lawsuits over their role in the country’s opioid epidemic.

The lawsuits accused McKinsey, one of the leading global consulting firms, of contributing to the deadly drug crisis by helping drug manufacturers including Purdue Pharma design deceptive marketing plans and boost sales of painkillers.

The powerhouse of weight loss and type 2 diabetes drugs, glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists have also shown the potential to treat nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease—and early research suggests they could treat addiction, too.

A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of a doctor accused of unlawfully prescribing addictive opioids in Arizona and Wyoming after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in his favor that made it harder to prosecute such cases.

Teva Pharmaceuticals will pay up to $4.2 billion in the United States to settle claims related to its role in fueling the country’s opioid crisis, New York Attorney General Letitia James said on Thursday.

CVS said it had agreed to pay about $5 billion over 10 years, and Walgreens said that it had agreed to pay about $5.7 billion over 15 years. Neither company admitted wrongdoing. Walmart has agreed to pay $3.1 billion, mostly up front, according to two people familiar with the matter.