Inadequate purchasing, receiving and recordkeeping safeguards kept Emory Midtown staff from detecting the illegal operation, but the hospital thinks its controls were sufficient, the order states. Emory denies all liability.
Emory Midtown must pay a $200,000 fine and its pharmacy license is under probation for three years. The consent order, which was approved late last month, bars technicians from approving orders of controlled substances. The pharmacy must also keep a running inventory of these kinds of drugs and submit to a GDNA review of their practices and policies.
The order allows discussion before the board over hospital compliance with the sanction to take place behind closed doors. Emory Midtown can petition to end its probation after 120 days.
Both technicians were fired. The board order did not disclose their names. Information was not immediately available on whether they were prosecuted.