IA: Nine Iowa Walgreens pharmacies, including one in Waterloo, hit with fines, licensing sanctions

Rx Drug Diversion – Drug Theft

State licensing officials have sanctioned pharmacies in nine of Iowa’s Walgreens stores for a variety of alleged violations, including missing narcotics, a lack of qualified personnel and issues that caused some Iowans to lose access to their medications.

Seven of the stores that the Iowa Board of Pharmacy imposed sanctions against at its August meeting mostly faced an identical set of charges and $10,000 of penalties. Among those is the Walgreens at 111 W. Ridgeway Ave. in Waterloo along with others in Clive, Ankeny and Des Moines.

The Waterloo Walgreens store and five of the others were each charged with failing to maintain accountability of controlled substances and records, and with failing to create and maintain complete and accurate records of all controlled substances on hand.

According to the board, each of them reported losses of controlled substances to the board in November 2020, which Walgreens attributed to employee theft. The available documents made public by the board do not disclose the full scope of the theft.
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