LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky hospital system will pay a $4.4 million civil penalty for defective recordkeeping that enabled a pharmacy technician to divert 60,000 doses of opioids, federal prosecutors introduced.
Pikeville Medical Center self-reported the diversion, cooperated with a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation and has taken “substantial steps” to handle its issues forward of the settlement, which doesn’t decide any legal responsibility, in accordance to a press release Wednesday from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lexington.
“The size of this fine shows how serious this situation is,” mentioned agent Todd Scott, who leads the DEA’s Louisville division. “Hopefully, Pikeville Medical Center will do a better job in the future with their record keeping and the resulting harm inflicted on the community can be reversed.”
Prosecutors mentioned a failure to keep correct and full inventories and allotting information enabled Kayla Nicole White Perry, then a pharmacy technician on the hospital, to divert greater than 60,000 doses of oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone from the hospital system’s narcotics vault and Pyxis MedStations from January 2016 via early September 2018.
She and her husband William Chad Perry pleaded responsible in 2020 to a conspiracy to distribute the medication. She was sentenced to 41 months in jail, whereas he was sentenced to 38 months.
The hospital system informed the Lexington Herald Leader that no sufferers there have been disadvantaged of medicine or harmed due to the diversion.
A 3-year memorandum of settlement between the hospital and the DEA consists of inspection, reporting and coaching necessities.
“We have taken multiple steps and invested in new technology to better detect and prevent medication diversion in our facility,” a hospital assertion mentioned. “Pikeville Medical Center and our current leadership is committed to being the provider and employer of choice for healthcare in the southeastern Kentucky community by providing quality care to our patients.”