Florida Hospital Oceanside director arrested on drug charges

Arrest comes after 2-year DEA investigation By Adrienne Cutway – Web Editor Posted: 4:57 PM, February 08, 2017Updated: 4:57 PM, February 08, 2017 ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – The executive director of Florida Hospital Oceanside is accused of using fraudulent information to obtain narcotics, including the highly addictive pain killer hydrocodone, according to the Drug Enforcement […]

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UK nurse created fake patient names to steal painkillers, indictment says

BY GREG KOCHER gkocher1@herald-leader.com A former University of Kentucky Hospital nurse is accused of stealing the painkiller fentanyl from the hospital by creating fake patient names, according to a Fayette County grand jury indictment. Richard L. Edwards, 36, of Lexington was indicted Monday on 22 counts of criminal falsification of medical records and one count […]

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McKesson has agreed to a settlement with DEA over allegations similar to those previously made against Cardinal Health

McKesson Corp, one of the largest U.S. distributors of pharmaceutical drugs, will pay a record $150 million to resolve a U.S. investigation into whether it failed to report suspicious orders of addictive painkillers. Tuesday’s deal with the U.S. Justice Department followed an earlier settlement with the company over similar violations in 2008. The latest accord […]

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JAILED: Royal Blackburn Hospital nurse stole drugs in ‘abuse of power’

A NURSE who stole prescription drugs from Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and dished them out to her friends has been jailed. Judge Robert Altham told mother-of-one Amie Louise Heller her crime was an “abuse of power” which had “struck at the heart of the health care profession”. Judge Altham said: “You, Heller, need to understand […]

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Oxford Nurse on Trial for Diversion of Midazolam

A NURSE who forged ‘bogus’ medical records in a plot to snatch sedatives was caught off-duty rummaging through a hospital drugs cupboard, a court has heard. Prosecutors allege Leona Bellhouse pinched a ‘large quantity’ of midazolam while she was working at the John Radcliffe’s Hospital’s gynaecology department. Family and friends packed into the public gallery […]

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Drug Diversion Occurs Worldwide

There have been increasing numbers of reported cases of drug diversion by healthcare personnel across the globe in the recent past. Here in the US, we struggle to help leaders in our facilities understand the scope of the problem. The articles referenced below would tend to suggest that healthcare facilities in other countries are also dealing […]

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Springetts doctor disciplined for pre-signed prescriptions

Here is a news piece discussing the consequences of pre-signing prescriptions. Recently, I have spent quite a bit of time in physician offices and clinics, and have confirmed that this practice is still common, despite the risks. It’s important to recognize that prescription blanks, and even printed prescriptions that are left on printers, can be […]

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Barnstable nurse indicted for alleged drug theft

Here is a recent case in the news. Interestingly, it appears that one of the explanations given by the nurse was that she got “kicked out” of the HER (i.e., it timed out), which is why there were undocumented doses. I have recently heard this same explanation at another facility. Blood testing of residents was […]

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Study indicates high rate of ‘intentional’ drug-related deaths among nurses

Here is an article on the rate of suicide among nursing staff by diverted drugs. Interesting reading. This underscores the need to assess staff safety when interviewing individuals suspected of diversion.   -Kim New BY MEDICAL REPORTER SOPHIE SCOTT AND DR NORMAN SWAN More nurses die from deliberate drug overdose than any other health care professionals, […]

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Former nurse stands accused of being one of Canada’s most prolific serial killers

A former nurse has been charged with murdering eight care-home residents in southwestern Ontario over seven years, a string of deaths that would make her among the worst serial killers in Canadian history. Elizabeth Wettlaufer, 49, of Woodstock, Ont., faces eight counts of first-degree murder, charges that have shaken the community and shocked families of […]

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