CVS Pharmacy Inc. has agreed to pay $75 million in fines for allowing repeated purchases of a key ingredient in the making of methamphetamine in at least five states that also led to a spike in Southern California drug trafficking, authorities said Thursday.
The nation's largest operator of retail pharmacies will pay what federal prosecutors said was the largest civil penalty ever assessed under the Controlled Substances Act.
The company also will forfeit about $2.6 million in profits earned from the sales of pseudoephedrine, which can often be found in cold medicine and is used to make meth.
Authorities said CVS didn't provide enough safeguards to monitor how much pseudoephedrine someone was buying, and the company violated federal drug regulations in Arizona, Georgia, California, Nevada, South Carolina and possibly 20 other states.
"CVS knew it had a duty to prevent methamphetamine trafficking," said U.S. Attorn
IDK how the tracking works, but you have to swipe your ID when you buy it. I thought that was for federal auditing. I guess if they didn't have their database collecting the info and bouncing the transaction when it already had info that the buyers had already reached their limit then they deserve the fine.
Pseudoephedrine is the only thing that will keep me from getting a sinus infection. I would hate to see it banned and done away with completely.
Answer by QuinnMae at 3:33 PM on Oct. 14, 2010
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Answer by UpSheRises at 3:47 PM on Oct. 14, 2010
I don't use it. But I don't understand why a legal item would be made illegal because some use it illegally...Shouldn't guns be banned then? Alcohol??
Not saying they would, but if it's up to the retailer to police the sale of it and they are liable they may opt to discontinue products that contain it. Thankfully I don't have to use it often, but I usually prefer to take a few doses of cold meds that contain it rather than going a full round of antibiotics. But that's just a personal preference.
Answer by QuinnMae at 3:51 PM on Oct. 14, 2010
Answer by Izsarejman at 4:09 PM on Oct. 14, 2010