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Two supervisory nurses in a correctional facility were counting an expensive drug used for Hepatitis C, Sovaldi, for an inmate.
Because the drug was so expensive, the facility required that it be treated as a controlled substance and pills were counted daily.
While doing so, one of them accidentally tipped over the bottle and 12 of the pills fell to the floor. Since the pills came in contact with the floor, the nurses believed they should be discarded. The pills were picked up the from the floor and they disposed of them in the sharps container.
The nurses then informed the pharmacist on duty that a refill of the medication would be necessary.