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CVS accused of helping to fuel meth drug production, pays record $75-million fine

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CVS/Pharmacy will pay a record $75 million to settle a case brought by federal prosecutors accusing the drugstore giant of not doing enough to safeguard the sale of cold medicines used to produce methamphetamine.

According to prosecutors, CVS failed to properly regulate the sales of cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used in the making of methamphetamine. Prosecutors alleged this oversight helped to fuel the meth trade in California and other states.

The settlement involved California and several states.

In a statement, the U.S. attorney’s office described the case as the largest civil penalty ever paid under the controlled substances case.

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