CVS to pay Massachusetts $795K, tighten policies for opioids

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CVS has agreed to pay Massachusetts $795,000 and will tighten its policies for dispensing opioids following an investigation into its drug prescription practices.

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Attorney General Maura Healey announced the settlement Thursday. She says it resolves allegations that CVS failed to provide its pharmacists with a way to access the state's Prescription Monitoring Program, an online database that provides a patient's prescription history designed to curb the abuse of addictive medications.

The Woonsocket, Rhode Island-based drug store giant will now require its Massachusetts pharmacists to check the database before filling prescriptions for commonly misused opioids.

It has also agreed to pay $795,000, revise its prescription drug policies and retrain pharmacists.

CVS didn't immediately respond to emails seeking comment. Healey says the company has about 350 pharmacies and 1,200 pharmacists in Massachusetts.