What are some common reasons why a pharmacy or pharmacist might have their license suspended?
There are several reasons why a pharmacy or pharmacist might have their license suspended or revoked.
A pharmacy license may be suspended or revoked if the facility fails to renew the pharmacy permit, fails to disclose disciplinary actions against owners and key personnel, or fails to maintain accurate records or transactions.
A pharmacist license may be suspended or revoked if the pharmacist fails to renew the state pharmacist license, fails to complete required continuing education requirements, dispenses incorrect medication, or operates in an unethical manner.
Two examples of license suspensions:
In 2019, a Wisconsin pharmacist’s license was suspended for six months after he was found guilty of dispensing the wrong medication to a patient, resulting in the patient's hospitalization. The pharmacist was previously disciplined for failing to follow proper medication dispensing procedures.
In 2020, a Florida pharmacy’s license was revoked after the pharmacy was found guilty of having filled fraudulent opioid prescriptions. The pharmacy was under investigation by state and Federal authorities for several years, and was found to have engaged in additional illegal activities, including filling prescriptions for patients who did not have a legitimate medical need for the medications.
Commonly Asked Questions
What is the process for reporting a pharmacist or pharmacy that may be engaging in unethical behavior or criminal activity?
Answer: The process for reporting a pharmacist or pharmacy that may be engaging in unethical behavior or criminal activity typically involves contacting the state board of pharmacy or other relevant state regulatory agency.
Can a pharmacist or pharmacy appeal a decision to suspend or revoke their license?
Answer: Yes. Pharmacies and pharmacists do have the right to appeal a decision to suspend or revoke their license, and can often do so by filing an appeal with the relevant state regulatory agency or other appropriate legal means.
How can pharmacies and pharmacists prevent errors in medication dispensing and maintain accurate records?
Answer: To prevent errors in medication dispensing and maintain accurate records, pharmacies and pharmacists can implement rigorous quality control measures, including repeat checking and counter checking prescription orders, maintaining orderly medication storage areas and workspace, and regularly reviewing and updating record keeping procedures.
Are there any resources available to help pharmacies and pharmacists improve their practices and avoid disciplinary action?
Answer: Yes, there are many resources available to help pharmacies and pharmacists improve their practices and avoid disciplinary action, including professional organizations, continuing education programs, and consultation with other experienced professionals in the field.