Drugstore to pay $275K for 46 missing bottles of cough syrup

A drugstore in Columbia, S.C., will settle for $275,000 to resolve allegations of recordkeeping and dispensing violations after 46 bottles of cough syrup were misplaced. 

The settlement with Savitz Drug Store follows an investigation involving four governmental units after the business "could not account for approximately 22,056 milliliters of promethazine with codeine [cough syrup]," according to a Jan. 6 news release from the Justice Department. 

A staff pharmacist allegedly used the drugstore's Controlled Substance Ordering System login and password to order the controlled substance — which can "result in a sedative and woozy or swooning euphoria" — at least 100 times, according to the release. 

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