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PHILADELPHIA—Temple University Health System agreed to pay the U.S. $130,000 and change its drug dispensing system after a federal audit and investigation of its procedures found problems with the way its pharmacies were keeping track of controlled substances. The two-hospital system cooperated with the Drug Enforcement Administration review after its chief resident of anesthesiology at 740-bed Temple University Hospital sold 60 vials of ketamine to an undercover agent in 2004, leading to the physician's arrest and conviction, according to an agreement reached with the U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia and announced late last month. More record-keeping issues were uncovered with a second review after an anesthesiologist at 186-bed Jeanes Hospital was found to have manipulated Temple's computerized dispensing system in order to pilfer fentanyl and morphine for his own use. In a written statement, the system emphasized that administrators cooperated with both investigations and, in the second case, triggered the action by reporting their suspicions about the physician to the police. “We are pleased that the amount of the agreement recognizes the hospitals' controls and reporting systems that have been instituted over the past six years,” the statement said.