Plastic surgery clients at a clinic in the Seattle area weren’t getting any relief from pain medication administrated by anesthesiologists. That’s because the Demerol they were supposed to be receiving had been replaced with saline solution.
Registered nurse Drea Lynne Gibson, 43, has pleaded guilty to product tampering. She was addicted to Demerol and had taken about 100 ampules from a locked cabinet, used the contents herself, refilled the ampules with saline solution and glued them shut.
Staff fired Gibson after discovering broken ampules and super glue. The Food and Drug Administration tested suspect ampules and found that they contained only about three percent of the Demerol they expected to find.
Gibson, who is scheduled to be sentenced in September, potentially faces 10 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.