Official cites "oversight" in NY methadone license

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) -- Federal investigators are looking into whether the health care provider at New York's Westchester County jail dispensed methadone without a license for 10 months.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was at the Valhalla, N.Y., jail twice in recent weeks.

Deputy Corrections Commissioner Justin Pruyne says there was an "oversight" involving an updated license.

According to the Journal News, Tennessee-based Correct Care Solutions has run the infirmary since July, but was never added to the jail's license to provide methadone.

The license named the corrections department and Westchester Medical Center, which provided care until Correct Care Solutions took over.

The company's executive vice president, Patrick Cummiskey, says such audits are a "normal course of business." He says nothing illegal occurred and patient care was never compromised.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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