Allegations against CVS resolved with a $450,000 Civil Settlement

By News Staff

CVS Health Corp. has agreed to pay $450,000 to resolve allegations from the United States after an investigation into several Rhode Island stores.

The investigation conducted by the United States Attorneys Office and the DEA Office of Diversion Control looked into the conduct of CVS in filling prescriptions for various controlled substances with a high potential for abuse.

The Controlled Substances Abuse Act implements regulations that substances such as painkillers and opioids can only be prescribed for legitimate medical purposes by a physician.

The United States alleged that CVS retail pharmacies in Rhode Island filled a number of forged prescriptions with invalid DEA numbers as well as filling multiple prescriptions written by psychiatric nurse practitioners for the opioid painkiller hydrocodone.

Allegations also include that CVS had record keeping deficiencies.

CVS will pay $450,000 dollars under the terms of a civil agreement but still denies any wrongdoing in this case.

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