MISSOULA, Mont. -- A new Government Accountability Office study is critical of the way the Veterans Administration handles prescription drugs at its clinics.
The crux of the problem is accountability and oversight of inventory.
The GAO found some clinics share common policies on where to store and how to track medication. But analysts pointed out problems that need to be fixed.
Last May the VA signed a contract with a company to electronically monitor drug inventories in pharmacies, but it will take 10 years to implement it. That’s why the GAO recommends what it calls a focal point -- one place to provide system wide oversight of clinics’ inventory management.