Pediatrician Pays $156K in Penalties for Improperly Storing Vaccines
May 30, 2017 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
A physician in Ocean County, New Jersey, agreed to a $156,000 settlement for improperly storing vaccines that were administered to more than 900 children in the Medicaid program between November 2014 and October 2016. An inspection found that the vaccines were not being refrigerated properly and were not kept at temperatures within the accepted range. Investigators also said the physician entered falsified data into the state database, which was inconsistent with information that was handwritten in the practice's temperature logs. While the potentially compromised vaccines are not harmful, they are ineffective in preventing disease.