I am not one to pour over pharmacy journals anymore, but this article caught my eye. Bearing in mind that I am relating this “as I understand” the article to read, somebody is in a whole buttload of trouble. There is this little coastal pharmacy, owned by a pharmacist who employed a technician. Both the pharmacy and the pharmacist are “fixtures” in town. His technician developed some kind of weird Mother Theresa-Robin Hood alter ego and for some inexplicable reason started “helping” out every local ner’ do well with a sob story. The problem is, she decided to help out these local losers with oxycodone and methadone when they “lost” their prescription, had it “stolen” or for some reason didn’t have enough to make it to their next appointed refill.
According to the article the pharmacist ” did my quarterly audit and the numbers didn’t come out. I knew it had to be a mistake”. It wasn’t…to the tune of over 10,000 doses.
All I can say is W.O.W.
No, actually I can say quite a bit more.
Like: How do you not notice that you are receiving dozens of bottles of oxy and methadone and not using that many…and they are NOT building up on the shelves?. Think about it: 10,000 doses is one-hundred bottles.
Like: Are you REALLY doing quarterly audits or did your tech just decide over that last 120 days to give away 100 bottles of oxy and methadone?
Like: How long did the tech think she could get away with giving away free C-2’s before somebody figured it out?
Once caught, the tech was presumably fired and she lost her license. The pharmacist owner also had his license suspended and a huge fine levied, but even more damaging was that the pharmacy itself lost its DEA license, essentially rendering it useless to anybody who might buy it. I believe it will be closing down.
Ya know, I like a lot of my customers, but I dont like ANY of them enough to jeopardize my license..even for one stinking tablet, let alone 10,000. We also do countbacks on every single C-2 rx we do…and we do monthly full counts of all of them.
Some actions defy explanation. This one is certainly one of them.