Concerns Over WI Nursing Homes Dispensing Drugs

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Sep 10, 2009 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights

Six Wisconsin nursing homes may have violated federal rules by providing powerful prescription drugs to residents without a doctors prescription.

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According to a Journal Sentinel article, these drugs were in emergency kit boxes and were meant to be used when a doctor is not available or when a patient is waiting for a prescription to be filled.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations Milwaukee office has said that federal rules were not followed when dispensing the drugs, including rules on filing required paperwork.

Last May, a tipster alerted the DEA that PharMerica, a pharmacy service provider to nursing homes, was routinely breaking federal law by improperly delivering schedule II drugs.

Schedule II are drugs with a high abuse risk, but also have safe and accepted medical uses in the United States. These drugs can cause severe psychological or physical dependence. Schedule II drugs include certain narcotic, stimulant, and depressant drugs. Some examples are morphine, cocaine, oxycodone (Percodan), methylphenidate (Ritalin), and dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine).

Here are the six Wisconsin nursing homes under question:

  1. Beaver Dam Care Center in Beaver Dam, WI
  2. Colony Oaks Care Center in Appleton, WI
  3. Heritage Square in Greendale, WI
  4. Mount Carmel Milwaukee in Greenfield, WI
  5. Village Gardens in Green Bay, WI
  6. Woodstock Health and Rehab in Kenosha, WI

Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice, S.C. is a Wisconsin law firm with a devoted nursing home abuse practice. Our nursing home abuse and neglect trial team is the largest in the state and has successfully represented abused and neglected nursing home residents throughout Wisconsin.

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