BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts
Attorney General Maura Healey has announced a settlement with CVS Pharmacy
Inc., the nation's largest pharmacy chain, in which the company agreed to
strengthen its policy and procedures concerning the dispensing of opioids.
CVS will also require its
pharmacy staff in the state of Massachusetts to check the state’s Prescription
Monitoring Program before filling opioid prescriptions.
“To effectively combat the
opioid epidemic that is claiming lives and devastating families and communities
across our state, we must work together to use all tools at our disposal,” Healey
said . “Through this groundbreaking settlement, these pharmacists will be
better equipped to responsibly dispense opioids and will be required to use the
Prescription Monitoring Program, which is a vital resource in preventing the
misuse of opioids.”
The settlement comes after
allegations CVS failed to provide its pharmacists in Massachusetts a method for
utilizing the Massachusetts Online Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) before
March 2013. Additional allegations include the failure to monitor drug patterns
or use sound professional judgment when dispensing substances like opioids.
“This is an
important first step in enforcing critical prevention measures needed to
address the opioid crisis in our communities across the commonwealth and our
country,” said Dr.
Myechia Minter-Jordan, president and CEO of The Dimock Center.