Activist group alleges CVS sold expired products-WEB ONLY

An activist group says it has conducted sting operations at CVS Caremark Corp. stores in Indiana and eight other states. The group has called a news conference tomorrow to disclose evidence it says will prove Indianapolis-area stores sell expired products.

The group, Change to Win, says half of the Indianapolis-area stores it visited sold expired products. The Woonsocket, R.I., pharmacy chain has 122 locations in the Indianapolis area, the group said; 23 of 46 surveyed carried outdated products, said spokeswoman Jean Tong.

CVS said the allegation is the latest in a series of misleading attacks by the group. “This consortium of labor unions began a campaign to disparage our company in 2007 after we refused to waive our employees’ right to vote confidentially in union elections,” it said in a statement.

CVS added that it has a clear product-removal strategy, and that it strives for 100-percent compliance on the more than 100,000 items on the shelves of a typical store.

Change to Win visited 310 stores in nine states. The other states and cities were not immediately disclosed.

Slightly more than half of the 310 stores had expired products on their shelves, Change to Win said. The products included baby formula and dairy products.

The state of New York sued CVS over expired products in December, five years after the state and the company had settled an investigation into selling expired over-the-counter drugs.

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