CVS to Pay Shoppers $2 for Every Expired Items
June 11, 2009
California - As part of the court settlement for selling expired medicines and foods, CVS Pharmacy and Longs Drugs have to pay shoppers $2 for every expired product they will find on its shelves, according to the California Attorney General Office.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Attorney-general Jerry Brown said CVS Pharmacy and its subsidiary company Long Drugs had been selling expired medicines and baby products to consumers.
According to the settlement, CVS, which is based in Rhode Island, also agreed to pay $975,000 civil penalty and promised to train workers in its 800 stores in California.
The company also promised to remove expired products on its shelves.
However, CVS officials reiterated that the company did not commit any “wrongdoing” and said that they were “just settling the issue to avoid lengthy investigation and expenses.”
In March 2008, the California Attorney General Office conducted an investigation following several complaints about the expired products sold by CVS and Long Drugs.
After months of investigation, authorities also found out that CVS chains were not properly disposing empty prescription bottles with personal information still attached to it.
Meanwhile, the company has agreed to properly dispose prescription information as part of its settlement.