California inspectors plan to cite Martin Luther King Jr.-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles for its practice of administering prescription drugs after a patient with meningitis mistakenly received potent anticancer drugs for four days.
Officials from the California Department of Health Services told the hospital it will be cited for giving 46-year-old William Watson the wrong medication last month, according to a recent report provided to Los Angeles County supervisors.
The report also criticized the hospital for delaying care, failing to clarify medication errors and lacking "general oversight" of pharmaceutical services, and could jeopardize federal money for Medicare and Medi-Cal patients.
King-Drew, however, would be given an opportunity to respond to before any action is taken.
The hospital was established in a poor section of South Los Angeles as a response to the 1965 Watts riots. Five patients died at the hospital last year after staff members committed grave errors in their care, according to a Medicare and Medicaid Services report released in January.
A new medical director started in February and several employees, including doctors, nurses and administrators, have been disciplined.