CVS Fined $77 Million for Selling Meth Ingredients to Criminals

Saturday, October 16, 2010
When Mexico banned the sale of pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in methamphetamine, in 2007, drug rings turned to the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chain, CVS, for help. Unlike other drug outlets, CVS allowed customers to make multiple purchases that exceeded the federal daily and monthly limits. The company, thanks to its lax procedures for tracking sales of Sudafed and other cold remedies containing pseudoephedrine, became a silent supplier to meth manufacturing operations, primarily in Southern California, but also in at least 19 other states around the country.
For selling large quantities of the decongestant in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, CVS agreed to pay $77.6 million, the biggest civil penalty in the history of federal anti-drug laws, according to the U.S. Attorneys’ office in Los Angeles, which imposed the fine.
-Noel Brinkerhoff


tim 8 years ago
CVS is having a bad PR week. First they refuse to sell an inhaler to a woman having an asthma attack, all because the gal's husband is short $1.99 (and we all know how much a human life is really worth, right?), and now they have to pay 77+million for helping out all the meth cookers. What a company.

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