CVS to Pay $77.6 Million in Meth Ingredient Case

CVS says it will institute new controls and has agreed to pay $77.6 million to resolve an investigation in which Pseudoephedrine was found to be used in methamphetamine production. Illegal sales practices by CVS Pharmacy Inc. allowed criminals to make mass purchases of a component used in the manufacturer of methamphetamine. The company’s improper sales of pseudoephedrine, an ingredient found in cold and sinus medicines, led directly to an increase in methamphetamine production in California, said the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, California. CVS is the biggest operator of retail pharmacies in the United States. “This case shows what happens when companies fail to follow their ethical and legal responsibilities,” said U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. The company will not face criminal charges; instead it will implement a compliance and ethics program over the next three years, prosecutors said. Read full article

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