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Pills Missing from Mayo Clinic

3:30 PM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office are investigating how close to three hundred pills have disappeared from the hospital's medicine cabinet.

Deputies with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office were called to the hospital the afternoon of May 1, according to a JSO information report. The day before, a hospital employee had found the narcotics were missing from the medicine cabinet. The pills belonged to multiple patients at the hospital.

A various assortment of painkillers were stolen including  27 Lortab, 51 Oxycodone, 3 Morphine, 7.5 Percocet and 147 Ultram.

The hospital employee told police there was an ongoing investigation being handled by the hospital. They called the police to document the incident until more information becomes available, according to the police report.

Mayo Clinic responded to the missing pills in a statement:

"Upon learning of the incident we conducted a thorough internal investigation. These patient medications were brought from home and stored in a cabinet in an area where patients, visitors and employees had access.

"We have shared information learned in that investigation with the appropriate authorities and will continue to aid in their investigation. This incident did not impact patient care in any way and the patients' medications have been replaced. At this time, we have no further information to provide."

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