Former nurse pleads guilty to fraudulently obtaining drugs from 3 hospitals

A former nurse at Charlottesville, Va.-based Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital pleaded guilty to charges related to fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs, CBS19 News reported July 26. 

Angelica Franklin of Chesterfield, Va., obtained controlled substances such as fentanyl and hydromorphone from Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. 

She did so by intentionally entering fraudulent verbal orders for fentanyl and hydromorphone into the hospital's EHR system on behalf of physicians who did not actually issue such orders, according to the report. She then obtained the drugs through the hospital's automated dispensing cabinet. 

Ms. Franklin also pleaded guilty to unlawfully obtaining controlled substances, including fentanyl, hydromorphone, oxycodone and alprazolam, while she worked as a nurse at three other healthcare facilities.

In total, Ms. Franklin obtained about 1,450 micrograms of fentanyl, 80 milligrams of hydromorphone, 3,600 milligrams of oxycodone and 14 milligrams of alprazolam.

Ms. Franklin will be sentenced in November.

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