Nursing Home Fined for Witholding Medications from Residents

A nursing home has been issued a heavy fine from the state Department of Public Health after investigators found that multiple nurses at the facility had been failing to provide prescribed medications to patients.

A citation issued August 18 states that, the director of nursing at the facility became aware of the concerns regarding some nurses’ failure to administer prescribed medications in July. An internal investigation found at least 18 cases in which residents were not given medications as ordered by a physician.

For one patient, nurses withheld 72 doses of Glucophage, a medication that helps to control diabetes, over a seven-month period. According to the health department, no deaths or serious adverse events occurred in connection with the violations. The nursing home however, was fined $3,000 for the violations. The investigation report does not speculate why the nurses did not administer the prescribed medications, which were found unused on supply carts. For more, read the story.

 


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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