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Coborn's Pharmacy to pay $225K for allegedly failing to keep accurate records

Coborn's Pharmacy to pay $225K for allegedly failing to keep accurate records

June 11, 2019 02:26 PM

Coborn's Pharmacy has agreed to pay $225,000 in civil penalties for allegedly failing to comply with record-keeping and other requirements under the Controlled Substances Act, which allowed an employee to divert opioids for personal use for years.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said, between 2011 and 2015, Coborn's Pharmacy didn't adequately monitor its employees' conduct and failed to keep accurate records regarding dispensing of controlled substances, including oxycodone and hydrocodone.

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The alleged violations enabled a pharmacist in charge of one of the stores to fabricate nine patient accounts and create numerous false prescriptions.

Coborn's Pharmacy's systems didn't consistently identify and process cash prescriptions, failing to prevent the diversion that occurred, the attorney's office said. As a result of the alleged actions, hundreds of doses of controlled substances went unaccounted for and were diverted for illicit purposes, namely personal use by the pharmacist in charge, the attorney's office release said.

Coborn's Pharmacy reported the misconduct to the Drug Enforcement Administration after learning of the pattern of theft, which led to a federal investigation that resulted in the pharmacist in charge pleading guilty to Obtaining Controlled Substances by Fraud.

The attorney's office said Coborn's Pharmacy has since enhanced its recordkeeping and compliance program.

The attorney's office said the settlement resolves claims that were only allegations, as there wasn't yet a determination of liability.

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