Drugstore chain CVS is being sued by the state of Connecticut, accused of selling expired medicines and foods. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.
Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection carried out surveys of CVS stores in the state in the summers of 2008 and 2009. It claims that in 20 of 45 stores it found expired products for sale on the shelves, including baby formula, cough medicines, eggs and dairy products. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has brought a lawsuit based on the findings. He says he believes the chain knew about the violations.
"The computerization of these dates indicates that it had to be more than simple oversight or carelessness, and there had to be some other, perhaps profit motive involved here. We believe that we can prove willful violations through testimony from store employees as well as circumstantial evidence."
This is not the first time the Rhode Island based chain has encountered such criticisms – labor unions last year mounted a campaign to publicize the issue, and CVS recently settled a case brought by the state of New York over expired products. CVS issued a statement Monday saying its stores have a policy to remove products before they reach their expiration dates. The company says any unintentional deviations from this policy are quickly rectified.
For WNPR, I'm Harriet Jones.