Navigation Links
Two Tulsa Pharmacies Penalized for Missing Prescription Drugs
Date:2/19/2010

TULSA, Okla., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Attorney Thomas Scott Woodward announced today that Cardinal Health Pharmacy Services, LLC, a company engaged in providing hospital pharmacy management services, has agreed to pay a civil penalty in the amount of $1 million for failing to account for large amounts of missing prescription drugs.

Cardinal Health Pharmacy Services, LLC, has agreed to pay the civil penalty to settle allegations by the government that two pharmacies that it operates in Tulsa, Hillcrest Medical Center Pharmacy (HMCP) and Oklahoma State University Medical Center Pharmacy (OSUMCP), violated several provisions of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The two pharmacies were unable to account for large quantities of potentially dangerous and addictive drugs that are often abused, including hydrocodone and alprazolam. Cardinal Health Pharmacy Services, LLC, self-reported the losses to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and local police.

After receiving the report of the missing drugs, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents from the Drug Diversion Group in Tulsa conducted an investigation and audit which revealed that 399,500 dosage units of hydrocodone and 234,000 dosage units of alprazolam are unaccounted for at HCMP for the time period 10/5/05 through 6/24/07, along with sixty-four (64) controlled substance invoices. At OSUMCP, there were 6,800 dosage units of hydrocodone, 300 dosage units of phentermine and 23,700 dosage units of alprazolam unaccounted for during the time period from April 4, 2007 through July 16, 2008, in addition to 47 controlled substance invoices.

"Prescription drugs are regulated because of their powerful and potentially harmful effects," Woodward said. "Today's settlement will help to curb illegal access to these potentially dangerous drugs that are often abused. It demonstrates the important responsibilities that all pharmacies have to prevent controlled drugs from being diverted from their intended use. The Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration are determined to combat the troubling prescription drug abuse problem in order to protect the public health and keep our communities safe."

Cardinal Health Pharmacy Services, LLC, denied wrongdoing, attributing the violations to the actions of two rogue employees who stole controlled substances from HMCP and OSUMCP. Upon discovering the thefts, Cardinal Health Pharmacy Services, LLC, immediately terminated the two employees. Cardinal Health Pharmacy Services, LLC, has fully cooperated with the investigation conducted by the DEA. Additionally, Cardinal Health Pharmacy Services, LLC, has implemented revised record keeping and inventory control procedures in a good-faith effort to prevent future violations of the CSA.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice

Back to top

RELATED LINKS
http://www.justice.gov

'/>"/>

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Abraham Lincoln Presenter to Speak in Tulsa This Saturday
2. LCA-Vision Announces the Opening of its 75th LasikPlus(R) Vision Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma
3. Komen Tulsa Affiliate Awards $420,000 to Local Organizations to Aid Breast Cancer Fight
4. Jody Nathan, Highly Regarded Tulsa Attorney, Named to 2009 Oklahoma Super Lawyers List
5. Are Bargaining Groups Hired by Independent Drugstores Causing Payment Delays to Pharmacies?
6. Prescription labels geared toward pharmacies, not patients
7. Congressional Community Pharmacy Coalition To Protect Community Pharmacies and Preserve Patient Access
8. Give community pharmacies a seat at the bargaining table
9. New AHRQ Tools Help Pharmacies Better Serve Patients With Limited Health Literacy
10. New Government Data: Mail-Service Pharmacies Grow, But Public Programs Lag Behind
11. VA Putting Mobile Pharmacies on the Road
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Houston ... at his office, Antoine Dental Center. Currently, patients can get single dental implants ... apply, but patients can learn more about these offers by contacting Antoine Dental ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... The Smart Machine Age ... Oxford University predict that 47 percent of all jobs in the United States may ... and “successful.” The day of the aggressive know-it-all who steamrolls over colleagues is drawing ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... With ProGlass Prism users now have the ability ... total control over position, rotation, distortion, edge softness, edge blur, chromatic aberration, individual glass ... , With ProGlass Prism users are given the tools and effects to generate ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... The Radiology Business Management ... radiology marketing programs at the annual Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs conference, ... Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. Nine awards are given out in five categories. They ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... On February 22, 2017 the ... to withdraw previous guidance issued by the Obama Administration requiring schools to ... May 2016 by the Obama Administration came in response to a growing number ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... 2017 Research and Markets has announced the ... - 2016" report to their offering. ... The latest research Oesophageal Cancer Drugs ... benchmarks in the global Oesophageal Cancer market. The research ... the key drugs marketed for Oesophageal Cancer and their clinical attributes? ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... Calif. , Feb. 23, 2017 ... company focused on the development and commercialization of ... pain, announced that it will release fourth quarter ... Thursday, March 2nd, 2017. AcelRx management will host ... Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time) on March 2 ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... York , February 23, 2017 ... arising from increasing caseload for varicose veins in their ... the globe are prompting the adoption of endovenous laser ... on global endovenous laser therapy market, published ... aftereffects of lifestyle choices and consequences of obesity have ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: