On August 24, 2018, the family of late pop star Prince sued Walgreens, a doctor (Michael Schulenberg) and other health care professionals claiming in a Minnesota state wrongful death suit that the aforementioned parties failed to treat the late star for opiate addiction.

The Complaint states Prince received professional health care services from all the defendants in the weeks leading to his death, and thus the professionals should have “diagnosed and treated” the star’s addiction that would have likely prevented his death. The Complaint also claims Dr. Schulenberg told authorities he prescribed oxycodone to Prince under Prince’s bodyguard’s name for privacy purposes.

Within a week of filing this Minnesota lawsuit, Prince’s family also filed a similar lawsuit against Walgreens, UnityPoint Health and some of its hospitals in an Illinois state court.

Last April, in a case that did not involve Prince, a Minnesota federal court ordered Dr. Schulenberg to pay $30,000 in a civil settlement because Dr. Schulenberg violated the Controlled Substances Act; “Schulenberg had prescribed controlled substances to one individual ‘knowing that the controlled substances were intended to be used by another individual.’”

The case is Michael A. Zimmer v. Iowa Health System et al., number unknown in the District Court of Hennepin County in the State of Minnesota.

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