It is no secret that Canada us dealing with an opioid crisis. The medical community has taken steps to reduce the number of opioid prescriptions doctors may write. This often creates a challenge for doctors and pharmacists who must deal with patients complaining of pain and seeking relief through medication. Following a recent disciplinary hearing, one pharmacist learned the serious ramifications that may follow accusations of misconduct related to rules for prescription drugs.
What are the allegations?
Investigators linked the pharmacist to the patients of a physician who recently surrendered his licence because of allegations of overprescribing opioids. Because of the drastic rise in addictions and overdoses in Canada, doctors must now complete additional forms along with prescription forms for every opioid prescription they write. However, investigators claim the pharmacist had filled almost 1,400 prescriptions for opioids and other addictive drugs without the correct documentation.
The pharmacist claimed the doctor in question began sending prescriptions without the additional forms, and he would often fill the prescriptions and request the proper forms later. The missing paperwork began to backlog, so the pharmacist contacted the Alberta College of Pharmacy. The college’s investigators appear to have concluded that the pharmacist had been filling thousands of illicit prescriptions for months before asking the college to intervene.
The pharmacist now faces months without his license and $75,000 in fines and fees.
If you hold a licence in the medical field, you can understand how allegations of misconduct can permanently damage your career. This is why it is important to seek legal advice when faced with a disciplinary hearing. The penalties for misconduct can be severe and life changing. However, having a legal advocate who understands the intricacies of employment law can be an invaluable asset to get you through this difficult time.