Federal authorities are investigating a years-long series of drug thefts at Dallas-based Parkland Health & Hospital System that put hundreds of thousands of painkillers and tranquilizers in the hands of street dealers. The Texas State Board of Pharmacy, meanwhile, is considering fining or otherwise punishing the health system and three pharmacists. Board documents obtained by the Dallas Morning News
say Parkland's outpatient pharmacies and the pharmacists failed to keep proper records or develop sufficient plans for preventing drug theft, as required by law. Parkland says it moved quickly when it discovered the problem in 2007, alerting regulators and terminating some employees.