A Moses Lake Pharmacy Technician has been suspended after allegations he diverted the powerful narcotic Hydromorphone from the pharmacy where he was working.
Hydromorphone is known under the brand names Dilaudid, Exalgo, Dilaudid-hp and Palladone. It is a Schedule II controlled substance and in the same class of drugs as Oxycodone and Morphine.
Between January and May of 2014, state health officials allege Adrian Don Padilla filled empty capsules with the pure powdered drug from a stock bottle at the pharmacy, then diluted the remaining drug with lactose before returning the bottle and selling the capsules.
Padilla's license has also been suspended, leaving him unable to practice as a pharmacy technician or pharmacy assistant until the charges are resolved. He has 20 days to request a hearing to contest the charges.