Jury orders Dignity Health to pay $3.4M to former pharmacy manager

A jury has decided that San Francisco-based Dignity Health must pay $3.4 million to a former outpatient pharmacy manager who claimed she was wrongly fired in 2015 for not fudging documents ahead of a federal probe, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The former pharmacy manager, Mandy Kazminy, PharmD, worked for Dignity Health's Woodland (Calif.) Memorial Hospital, which was the focus of a state and Drug Enforcement Administration investigation of why thousands of pills were missing from its narcotics inventory.

In the lawsuit, Dr. Kazminy claimed she was fired after refusing to fudge the pharmacy's pill totals ahead of the investigation.

The jurors awarded Dr. Kazminy more than $1 million in compensatory damages and another $2.4 million in punitive damages, according to the report.

Dignity Health told the Sacramento Bee that it was disappointed with the verdict and plans to "continue to explore all legal options, including appeal."

Read the full report here. 

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