- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut health officials say a refrigerator left unplugged at the UConn Health Center was responsible for the loss of more than $300,000 worth of medicine.

The Pyxis medication storage refrigerator, housed at the Department of Dermatology, contained doses of Botox and Stelara - which costs $13,000 per dose alone.

Officials say by the time anyone had noticed the problem, which occurred in the summer of 2014, the medicine was already spoiled. The amount of medication lost totaled $307,000.

WFSB-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1RXKnCr ) $216,164 in taxpayer funds was used to correct the mistake.

A UConn spokesman says a lock has been added to the power outlet in question, guaranteeing the plug can no longer be removed.

The dermatology department also added online monitoring devices to 57 onsite and 12 offsite refrigerators.


This story corrects that the refrigerator was unplugged in the summer of 2014, not last summer.


Information from: WFSB-TV, https://www.wfsb.com

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