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CVS Pharmacy settles lawsuit with 3 California counties

A sign for the pharmacy chain CVS is shown in this undated file photo.

December 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
CVS Pharmacy has agreed to pay more than $600,000 to settle a lawsuit that accused pharmacists throughout California of failing to properly consult customers when they received new prescriptions or new dosages of existing medications.

The California Board of Pharmacy requires consultations under those circumstances. Riverside, San Diego and Alameda counties will split the proceeds of the $658,500 settlement.

Working with the Board of Pharmacy, prosecutors in the three counties conducted an undercover investigation of the consultation practices of pharmacies.

Uninformed or improper use of prescription drugs harms an estimated 150,000 Californians every year.

City News Service contributed to this report.