Associated Press Published

Beckley VA Investigated for Substitution of Mental Health Drugs


 An investigation has found the Beckley VA Medical Center improperly substituted mental health treatments with older drugs to save money.

In a Wednesday news release, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel says it informed the White House and Congress that the hospital put patients at risk and violated VA policy.

A whistleblower reported issues, and the VA Office of Medical Inspector investigated.

The office’s report recommended the hospital stop the practice that aimed to save money in the 2013 budget year. It said a non-physician shouldn’t head the hospital’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

The hospital agreed to review medical records and conditions of patients discontinued from the antipsychotic drugs.

The report recommends that hospital leadership face disciplinary action.

A hospital spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.