The plaintiff in the opioid litigation involving Summit County, Ohio, presently before the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has agreed to dismiss Henry Schein with prejudice as a defendant.
“The opioid crisis is a terrible national tragedy, and all segments of society need to come together to address the crisis,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Henry Schein.
“We look forward to playing a constructive role in helping to advance solutions that put an end to opioid addiction. Henry Schein will make a $1 million donation to establish an educational foundation with Summit County to develop best practices regarding the proper use and prescription of opioids,” Bergman said.
Working with Summit County, Henry Schein will make the donation to a pain management education foundation dedicated to making grants supporting and aggregating research around best practices for pain management, including the prescription of opioids and alternatives, and educating dentists and physicians, clinical associates, patients, and patient networks on those best practices along with the risks of addiction and alternative pain management treatment options for key indications.
Henry Schein also will pay $250,000 of Summit County’s expenses.