New Jersey officials say CVS Caremark will pay $650,000 and improve its quality assurance and oversight under an agreement that resolves incidents where CVS pharmacies mistakenly commingled patients' pills.
The discoveries came to light when the state began investigating the company. That came after a CVS pharmacy in Chatham had mistakenly distributed breast cancer drugs to children instead of giving them fluoride pills they were prescribed.
During the subsequent investigation, CVS provided details on four other mix-ups involving various medications, which all occurred in March 2012 at pharmacies in Cherry Hill, Budd Lake, Rahway and Scotch Plains.
The state will use the $650,000 to fund a public education campaign to educate consumers on how to check their medications and encourage them to ask a pharmacist when they have questions.