The Justice Department's Drug Enforcement Administration investigated Dignity after one of its hospitals, St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton, Calif., lost more than 20,000 hydrocodone tablets from its outpatient pharmacy in 2010 and 2011. Federal officials said hydrocodone, a narcotic pain medication, is often obtained from legitimate healthcare sources and then pushed onto the black market.
The DEA found that several Dignity facilities in the Sacramento, Calif., area had not properly recorded the status of prescription drugs and other controlled substances. Dignity said it has already worked with the government to create an action plan. —Bob Herman
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