By James A. MillerCVS is the third-largest drugstore chain in the United States, and it sells more than 7 billion doses of prescription drugs a year.
Its products are used by millions of people, including about 8 million who receive prescriptions from a drug company, according to the company.CVS also sells the Food and Drug Administration’s “National Drug Code,” which provides guidelines for testing drugs and their ingredients, and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s drug testing guidelines, which list drug-safety measures that should be followed when administering a drug test.
The drug testing regulations for prescription drugs are similar to those for nonprescription drugs.CPD, the U.S. Department of Justice, issued guidance in 2015 to CVS and other drug stores for drug-testing their employees.
The guidance, which was released on Dec. 16, states that “all employees must submit to drug testing on a regular basis to ensure that the employee is following all applicable guidelines.”CVS said in a statement that “we have been committed to conducting drug-screening programs and working with law enforcement and other government agencies in order to provide our associates with the best possible access to drug-test services.”
“These are important steps to take to ensure the safety of our associates and our customers,” the statement said.
“We have worked closely with law-enforcement officials and have provided them with additional training to assist in their ongoing efforts to protect consumers from drug-related crimes,” the company said.
The DEA issued guidelines on Feb. 16 for drug testing drug-resistant pathogens, but the agency did not specify which drug-takers should undergo drug testing.
The guidance said that “most of the time” a drug-resistance infection does not require testing.
Cops can test the drug-carrying customers as long as the employees are wearing a protective suit, according the guidance.
If a drug is tested positive, police officers can order a test and a urine sample.
The Drug Enforcement Agency’s guidelines, issued last year, state that “a drug-positive test result may be used to obtain a sample or to determine the presence of a drug on the person or vehicle of the customer.”
Drug testing for patients can be difficult, even when the drug isn’t in the patient’s system.
The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) advises that “in the case of suspected drug-induced illness, it is recommended that the patient be tested.”
The agency’s guidance also says that when testing an employee, it should follow “all applicable drug-containment procedures.”
The guidance states that in cases of suspected drugs being present in a patient’s body, it’s important to test the employee “immediately” and “in a timely manner.”
If a drug isn