As reported by the Press of Atlantic City, a medical center in southern New Jersey grappled with the fallout and medical repercussions stemming from the unprofessional and hazardous actions of a pharmacist who was caught tampering with the pharmacy's drugs and diverting drugs for personal consumption.
Negligent Hiring in Healthcare: The Case of Frederick McLeish
The pharmacist in question, Frederick McLeish, 53 years of age, had twice been subject to a suspension of his pharmacist license prior to working for that particular medical center in New Jersey. In the most recent instance of malpractice, while working at the medical center in New Jersey, McLeish diverted drugs, including morphine and fentanyl, for his own use without a valid prescription. McLeish was also found to have replaced morphine destined for patient use with saline solution. Not only did his actions pose a grave risk to himself, but he could have caused medical complications for patients as well.
This was the third time that McLeish had been found to have conducted himself in such a way that resulted in disciplinary action.