H-E-B, CVS pay penalties for violating federal law

HOUSTON (AP) — Federal authorities in Texas have imposed more than $2 million in fines against CVS and H-E-B for providing numerous prescriptions to customers when laws prohibited those drugs from being distributed.

Officials said in a statement Friday that Rhode Island-based CVS this week paid a $1.9 million penalty while H-E-B, with headquarters in San Antonio, earlier paid more than $262,000.

The cases were settled without an admission of liability.

Authorities say the two chains violated federal law by providing the prescriptions at stores they operate in Austin, Corpus Christi, Edinburg and elsewhere.

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