NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts hospital accused of lax handling of federally controlled narcotics has agreed to pay a $50,000 settlement.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Massachusetts said Tuesday that Nantucket Cottage Hospital kept some drugs in an unlocked refrigerator, stored the keys to a locked medication cabinet in an unlocked drawer and failed to keep track of some controlled substances. Investigators say that created the risk of drugs ending up on the streets.
The hospital tells the Cape Cod Times that officials are confident no narcotics ended up in the community. Officials say the hospital has improved medication security and record keeping practices. It will also allow the Drug Enforcement Administration to inspect its pharmacy without a warrant.
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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodtimes.com