- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines hospital says it’s taking action after learning of accusations that a former pharmacy technician there watered down powerful pain prescriptions of hospital patients.

Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines says the pharmacy tech is no longer employed there. Des Moines television station KCCI reports (https://bit.ly/2eciYzp ) that from late August to early October, more than 730 patients were given watered-down drugs. In some cases, patients are believed to have received little more than saline solution.

The hospital says the tech had access to portable medication carts where the powerful opioid fentanyl was stored. Officials believe he used a syringe to replace the drug with saline.

The hospital says no charges have yet been filed but are expected.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, https://www.kcci.com

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