A state legislative audit of Springfield Hospital Center found that the state psychiatric hospital in Sykesville
was not keeping good records or controls of its $2.4 million stable of pharmaceuticals.
The audit, from Oct. 1, 2008, to July 28, 2011, showed that the hospital had the same pharmacists in charge of keeping records on the inventory and overseeing the drugs. And they were not removing expired drugs from the records, nor were they logging in drugs returned unused.
Auditors said the lack of control "could allow them to be misappropriated without detection." They advised that the duties of inventory and custody of drugs be split and all drugs be logged properly.
The center's officials agreed with the findings, and in a written response to auditors said new policies were put in place Jan. 1.
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