$2 Million Fine for Prescription Violations

HOUSTON (CN) – CVS Pharmacy and Texas grocer H-E-B paid more than $2 million to settle federal charges of filling prescriptions for an unregistered doctor.
     The Texas Department of Public Safety requires all medical practitioners who write prescriptions to register with the state.
     San Antonio-headquartered H-E-B and CVS, based in Rhode Island, broke the law by filling prescriptions in 2012 for a doctor who did not have a valid registration number on file with Texas regulators, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
     CVS paid the feds a $1.9 million penalty, and H-E-B paid $262,000 to settle alleged violations of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, prosecutors said.
     The settlements do not include an admission of guilt.
     An investigation by the Houston DEA office found CVS filled 153 prescriptions for the doctor and H-E-B filled 21.
     “The CVS pharmacies were located in Corpus Christi, Robstown, Portland and Edinburg, while the H-E-B pharmacies were in Rio Grande City, Corpus Christi, Edinburg, Weslaco and Austin,” according to the U.S. attorney.

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