Gold Theft in Dental Offices and Dental Labs

Every year employee thefts make regional and national news. Many of those were in dental offices, clinics, and labs. Employees are stealing controlled substances like narcotics as well as precious metals like gold and silver palladium.

Keys or PIN numbers alone are no longer enough to ensure security and accountability for restricted employee access. Across the country the dental industry is suffering from the high costs of employee theft. Among the biggest concerns are staff integrity, liability, and the bottom line. This has led to a demand for an access audit trail and inventory tracking systems. MedixSafe offers unique, field-tested security solutions to meet those demands and keep controlled substances safe.

Highlights from this year’s headlines:

Sarasota, FL – A Sarasota lab tech was arrested for pawning dental grade gold after the suspicious pieces of gold were noticed by a local deputy. After contacting the owner of the laboratory, it was determined that about 60 pieces of gold and 240 pieces of silver palladium were missing, valued at about $8,800. The lab tech was charged with three counts each of Dealing in Stolen Property and Fraud for Providing False Ownership Information for Pawned Items.

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Omaha, NE – a dentist was convicted of stealing gold from VA hospital. The 59-year-old dentist has been convicted of stealing dental gold and equipment when he worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Omaha. Investigators say the dentist stole more than $16,000 in dental gold and equipment from a locked cabinet.

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MedixSafe gives you the option of incorporating Biometric fingerprint scanners, proximity cards and even IP based remote management to your inventory security protocols.  While maintaining quick access to emergency medicines, MedixSafe technologies allow for greater accountability and automated record keeping – assuring compliance with new, stricter regulations.  Please contact us to learn more.

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