Officials warn of expired CVS products

March 25, 2009 3:15:03 PM PDT
Philadelphia City Council is taking up the issue of expired products at drug store chain CVS.They want you to look carefully at the items you pick up to buy to make sure they're not expired.

That includes everything from edibles to products for the children.

Philadelphia City Council members and community leaders say CVS is putting its customers at risk by selling grossly outdated products.

At a news conference they showed piles of expired items bought at local stores from late January to early March.

They included infant gas relief medicine that was 1 year, 9 months and 29 days past its expiration date; Back ache relief medicine also more than a year out of date; And infant formula expired by more than a month.

"CVS should spend the money it needs to to clear its shelves of expired products," said Lance Haver of Philadelphia Consumer Affairs.

Consumer advocates say this is a problem at CVS locations nationwide.

New York's Attorney General sued the chain over sales of expired products in December.

Last June, the California Attorney General also demanded CVS stop selling outdated items.

On Wednesday, local leaders warned CVS, and said they are calling for Pennsylvania and Philadelphia to take action as well.

"Fix the problem or then step up and be prepared to deal with the litigation," said City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown.

CVS tells Action News, quote, "The health and safety of our customers is our top priority. We have a clear product removal policy in place to help ensure that items are removed from our shelves before they reach their expiration date. We strive to reach 100% compliance."

"They have enough people to deal with this and they just appear to be, for lack of a better word, ignoring it," said City Councilman Bill Greenlee.

A city spokesperson says this information is being passed along to the district attorney for review.

Pennsylvania's Attorney General's office says it has yet to see a pattern of problems, even during its own random CVS checks.

However, it encourages consumers to file complaints about expired products at any store.

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