Â Food & Drug AdministrationÂ Office of Criminal Investigations Â
BIRMINGHAM â A federal judge today sentenced a former lead technician at a central Alabama pharmacy to five years in prison for tampering with vials of opioid painkillers used in the compounding of intravenous fluid bags intended for terminally ill patients in debilitating pain.
Â U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bret Hamilton & Food & Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, Acting Special Agent in Charge Peter Kuehl announced the sentence.
U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced JOHNATHON WILLIAM CLICK , 30, of Bessemer, on one-count of tampering with consumer products in reckless disregard for the risk that another person would be placed in danger of death or bodily injury, and under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to that risk. Click pleaded guilty to the charge in November.
âJonathan Click knew he was inflicting untold pain & suffering on terminally ill cancer patients, yet for two years he diluted their medication and took the opioid drugs for himself,â U.S. Attorney Town said. âMr. Click is going to prison for his crime, & he will be joined shortly by those like him.â Â
âPatients deserve to have confidence that they are receiving the proper treatment from those entrusted with providing their medical care,â said FDA Acting Special Agent in Charge Kuehl. âThatâs why we must hold medical personnel accountable when they take advantage of their unique position & tamper with drugs needed by their patients, especially when such tampering…