Does videotape support CVS or fired pharmacist?
That’s the question a Richmond, Va. jury will decide in a case involving a pharmacist who accuses the retail giant of defamation, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Pharmacist Angela Tuck is seeking more than $8 million in damages from CVS, its regional diversion manager, and the lead coordinator of the chain’s drug loss program team. She alleges CVS had her falsely arrested for allegedly stealing drugs, badmouthed her to colleagues, and then filed erroneous charges against her with state Board of Pharmacy.
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According to the lawsuit: “[CVS] refused to conduct a proper investigation of the alleged loss or theft of the controlled substance, instead recklessly and/or maliciously defaming plaintiff to her supervisors, store manager, coworkers, local police officers, and the Board of Health/Department of Health Professions.”
CVS disputes those allegations. “CVS Health is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to respecting the individual rights of all of our colleagues,” Michael J. DeAngelis, a company spokesperson, told Drug Topics. “We dispute the allegations made against the company in this complaint, but we cannot comment further due to this being a matter of pending litigation.”
All of the charges against Tuck were eventually dropped, and the pharmacy board ruled in Tuck’s favor. Now, Tuck’s attorneys are using the same videotape CVS used to justify its actions against her to attempt to force the retail chain to pay millions in damages.