Earlier this week, several news outlets reported that CVS Pharmacy was going to be enforcing a policy affecting all its stores to require ID to purchase nail polish remover as well as limiting the amount of bottles that could be purchased at one time. One of the active ingredients in nail polish is acetone which is a known ingredient in the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine. Now it seems that CVS Pharmacy has decided to not implement this new policy.
According to a statement released from national spokesman Michael DeAngelis most stores will stop checking ID for nail polish remover purchases starting Thursday, Aug. 22. Originally the policy stated that anyone over the age of 18 would be carded when purchasing acetone based nail polish remover. This apparently stemmed from a judgement from back in 2010 where CVS agreed to pay $75 million in civil penalties and forfeit $2.6 million in profits for the unlawful sale of pseudoephedrine to criminals in southern California who made methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Justice Department. At the time of the settlement, the Justice Department said CVS “had a duty to prevent methamphetamine trafficking, but it failed to take steps to control the sale of a regulated drug.” (Source: Detroit Free Press)
No reason though has been stated or released as to why the policy has been reversed.
Some states like Hawaii will continue to request ID when purchasing nail polish remover and other products with acetone due to state regulations. Currently no such regulations exist in the state of Indiana.
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