Norman Pharmacist to Pay $5,100 to Settle Claim for Filling
Unsigned Hydrocodone Prescription
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, announced today that DONNA MICHELLE GOODNIGHT, a pharmacist practicing in Norman, Oklahoma, has agreed to pay $5,100.00 to settle a claim that she filled an unsigned prescription from a Texas physician for hydrocodone in violation of the Controlled Substances Act.
Due to the potential for abuse and danger to public health when drugs are diverted out of legitimate channels of distribution, Congress enacted the Controlled Substances Act which creates a closed-system of distribution for all controlled substances and listed chemicals. This closed-system is specifically designed with checks and balances between DEA registrants to ensure that controlled substances are not diverted for improper or illegal use. For example, registrants must adhere to many security, recordkeeping and reporting requirements and practitioners can only dispense/prescribe a controlled substance for a legitimate medical purpose in the usual course of professional practice.
The United States alleged that Goodnight violated the Controlled Substances Act by filling an unsigned prescription in 2011from a Texas physician for hydrocodone, a Schedule III drug. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Goodnight paid a $5,100.00 civil penalty, but did not admit liability.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Office of Diversion Control and the Norman Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Majors.