A bankruptcy judge Friday ruled it would be “particularly heartless” to prevent the family of a New Jersey woman killed by an opioid overdose from pursuing payments from the insurers of Rochester Drug Cooperative.

The family of Sarah Fuller, who died in 2016, has sued the manufacturers and others connected to distribution of the pain medication, Subsys, which killed Fuller. Rochester Drug Cooperative, a wholesale pharmaceutical distributor that has shut down operations and is now seeking bankruptcy protection, was the suspected distributor of the Subsys used by Fuller.

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