MARYLAND - CVS Pharmacy will have to shell out some serious cash for improper disposal of patient records and inappropriate sale of expired products. The total fine? $250,000.
An investigation of the Maryland locations by the Consumer Protection Division, determined that CVS was "throwing records containing personal identifying information, including health information in open dumpsters."
It was also discovered that the store was allegedly selling expired products like baby formula, dairy products and over-the-counter drugs.
In the settlement, CVS agrees to revise, and enforce polices and procedures for disposing patient information, and train employees accordingly. They also must monitor internally for three years, along with hiring an independent auditor to visit every CVS location in Maryland, once a month, to make sure they are complying with the outdated products policies.
CVS's cash registers will now prompt cashiers to check the expiration dates for dairy products, baby food, infant formula and over-the-counter children's drugs are not expired.
Over the next two years, if customers do find any of those products with an expired date, on store shelves, they will receive a $2 coupon towards any purchase.