AG, DCP craft a creative settlment with CVS

CVS Pharmacy has settled a complaint over the sale of food and medical goods past their expiration dates by paying a fine — and by inviting consumers to engage in a scavenger hunt over the next three years for goods that shouldn’t be on the shelves.

Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein announced a settlement today with Connecticut CVS Pharmacy LLC that requires the retail chain to pay a $105,000 fine and reward consumers who find expired goods on the shelves for at least three years.

CVS must give consumers a $2 coupon for any expired over-the-counter drug or dairy, eggs or baby foods found on the store shelves and turned in to cashiers. The settlement applies only to its Connecticut stores and begins in 90 days.

“This settlement represents a fair solution that not only prohibits the sale of expired products, but provides incentives to CVS and its customers to clear its store shelves of overlooked expired products,” Jepsen said.