Pharmacist License Defense California
It takes years of hard work to obtain the credentials and develop the skills necessary to secure a pharmacy, pharmacist or pharmacist technician license. When allegations of substance abuse, misconduct or other inappropriate behaviors arise, your license, your livelihood and your future may be in jeopardy.
Hiring an experienced license defense attorney is paramount to securing and defending your license during investigations and disciplinary hearings by the California Board of Pharmacy. At S J Harris Law, we can help. S J Harris Law provides strong, effective legal representation to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacies throughout California from our Los Angeles area office.
Pharmacist License Defense Attorney Serving Pharmacies, Pharmacists And Pharmacy Technicians Throughout California
The California Board of Pharmacy may investigate individual pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacies, attempt to revoke or suspend their licenses and subject them to other disciplinary procedures. Common reasons for disciplinary action include:
- Drug and Alcohol Dependencies
- Criminal Charges and Convictions
- Improperly Filling Prescriptions
- Over-Prescription of Controlled Substances
- Failure to Designate a Pharmacist in Charge
- Inadequate Inventory Records
- Fraudulent Insurance and Medi-Cal Billings
As a former Deputy Attorney General and licensing board prosecutor, Scott J. Harris has unique insight into the inner-workings of licensing agencies. He takes proactive steps to help clients keep their licenses.
California Board Of Pharmacy License Defense
The California Board of Pharmacy is an agency within the California Department of Consumer Affairs. It is charged with regulating Pharmacies, Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, as well as wholesalers and distributors of pharmaceuticals and devices. Pharmacies, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must be licensed by the Board to conduct any operations related to operating and working in a pharmacy. All licenses issued by the Board of Pharmacy are subject to professional standards, strict laws regarding patient confidentiality, ethical and fiduciary duties, and State and Federal laws governing Pharmacy.
The Board of Pharmacy may deny a license to a pharmacist, pharmacy technician or to a pharmacy, if certain educational, background or other information is incomplete, or if it evidences unfitness to be associated with the pharmacy profession. This may include past disciplinary records, criminal convictions, or findings by a regulatory agency that the party has failed to meet professional standards.
A pharmacy may not always be owned by a pharmacist. In this scenario, the pharmacy must have a designated pharmacist-in-charge (PIC). Any and all actions, failures, breaches of the law by the pharmacy are the responsibility of the pharmacist and any non-pharmacy licensee owners. It is imperative that all pharmacist, pharmacy assistants, and pharmacies maintain proper protocols, the account of drugs and devises in possession of the pharmacy, and proper supervision over the conduct of employees in the pharmacy.
Common Pharmacy Board Violations:
- Criminal Convictions of Pharmacist or Pharmacy Assistant.
- Violation of professional standards, including failure to account for controlled substances or failure to dispense proper medication.
- Failure by the pharmacy or pharmacist to maintain proper logs, records, and accounts.
- Fraud by the pharmacy in billing insurance for reimbursement.
- Diversion of narcotics or other controlled substances or devices by the pharmacist, pharmacy technician, or pharmacy employee.
- Substance Abuse Issues, including receipts of DUIs by licensees of the Board of Pharmacy.
By Your Side Every Step Of The Way
Clients turn to S J Harris Law for representation during all stages of their California Board of Pharmacy license defense. From initial investigations to formal actions through Accusations and Statement of Issues, administrative hearings, and appeals to the superior court, we will stand by your side every step of the way.
Contact Los Angeles lawyer Scott J. Harris for help defending your pharmacy license. Together, we will protect your license and your livelihood. Call our office at 323-370-6139 for a free 30-minute consultation.