California pharmacy loses license: 5 things to know

Newhall Pharmacy, a seven-year-old pharmacy in California, had its license revoked by state authorities after an investigation found it was dispensing opioids to patients without valid prescriptions, according to The Santa Clarita Valley Signal.

Five things to know:

1. Victor Law, president of the Board of Pharmacy for the Department of Consumer Affairs, signed an order forcing Newhall Pharmacy to surrender its license.

2. Under the order, the pharmacy is unable to apply for a new license for three years.

3. Newhall Pharmacy first came under scrutiny in April 2015, when the board received an anonymous tip that the pharmacy was selling oxycodone and codeine-based cough syrup to people who didn't have prescriptions. An inspector visited the pharmacy after the tip and found nine violations.

4. The investigation found that there were "multiple discrepancies" between the quantities of oxycodone dispensed and prescription and drug-dispensing records.

5. All together, the inspection found there was an inventory shortage of 2,748 pills of oxycodone, 400 pills of oxycodone/APAP and 322 missing bottles of codeine-based cough syrup, according to the report.

Read the full report here.

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