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Inspector General: Problems Persist At City Clinics

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CHICAGO (WBBM) – Chicago’s Inspector General says old problems persist in the way the City orders, stores and keeps track of prescription drugs for its clinics.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, back in 2009, the city Inspector General’s office made a blistering critique of the Chicago Department of Public Health for keeping poor track of prescription drugs – including controlled substances.

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The pharmacy warehouse, the report says, was poorly operated with shoddy record-keeping. The warehouse was closed, but Inspector General Joseph Ferguson says that happened two years after officials said it was shut down.

Ferguson also says the department failed to implement almost all the recommendations the Inspector General’s office made.

The Inspector General faulted the department for poor control over its inventory of drugs.

Now that the medicines are ordered from a mail-order service and shipped directly to the clinics, the Inspector General’s office finds officials know even less about what has been ordered and where the drugs are.

Officials at the Department of Public Health say they are working to address all the concerns.

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