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CVS fined $535,000 for filling fake opioid prescriptions in Rhode Island

Christian Fernsby |
CVS Pharmacy has agreed to pay $535,000 for filling forged prescriptions for opioids at multiple stores across Rhode Island.

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Several stores in the Ocean State have been accused of violating the federal Controlled Substances Act by prescribing 39 prescriptions for Percocet, which is a Schedule II narcotic.

“The settlement caps an investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island and the DEA Office of Diversion Control of CVS’ conduct at several of its Rhode Island retail pharmacy locations in filling prescriptions for controlled substances with a high potential for abuse,” according to a press release.

The press release noted that “substances such as painkillers and opioids can only be prescribed for legitimate medical purposes by a physician” in accordance with the Controlled Substances Act. But the law also places a “corresponding responsibility” on the pharmacist filling the prescription to ensure that the prescription is valid and legal, the release noted.

Weisman, along with Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Agent Brian D. Boyle, said pharmacists should have known the prescriptions were not valid or legal.

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