- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ABINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A hospital outside of Philadelphia is paying more than $500,000 in fines after a pharmacist exploited a loophole to steal drugs for illegal use.

The U.S. Justice Department Monday announced the $510,000 in fines against Abington Memorial Hospital.

The fine comes after former pharmacist Renata Dul pleaded guilty in 2015 to possession with intent to distribute drugs. She was sentenced to six years in prison.

An internal investigation by the hospital found that Dul had stolen more than 35,000 units of a controlled substance, including the addictive painkiller oxycodone. Dul used a loophole in the software that tracked prescription medications and altered or destroyed records.

The hospital reported the incident to the Drug Enforcement Agency and has made changes since.

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