Magazine article Drug Topics

Getting Tough

Magazine article Drug Topics

Getting Tough

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State pharmacy

boards hand out

more discipline

State pharmacy boards are apparently getting tougher when it comes to disciplining wayward pharmacists, according to the latest census data from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

More license suspensions and revocations were handed down by state pharmacy boards during the year ended June 30, reported NABP in its 1995-1996 Survey of Pharmacy Law, which is underwritten by Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories. Boards were also more reluctant to reinstate pharmacists' licenses last year.

There was a total of 479 license suspensions among the 45 state boards that provided the data to NABP, compared with 469 suspensions among 46 states reporting last year. Arkansas led the pack this time around, with 65 suspensions among the 3,039 pharmacists licensed by the state. Neighboring Texas tallied 44 suspensions, but it has a much larger total licensee base of 17,693 R.Ph.s. Boards in three statesMontana, New Mexico, and South Dakota--didn't have cause to suspend anyone's license last year.

Across the nation, 221 pharmacists had their licenses revoked, compared with 147 during the previous reporting period. The highest number of pharmacists ran out of luck in Nevada, where 44 licenses were revoked. Iowa lowered the boom on 27 pharmacists, while Kansas punished 19, and California dreamin' turned to nightmares for 16 licensees. Thirteen states did not pull the plug on any licenses.

Pharmacy boards reinstated 274 licenses last year, down from 319 during the previous reporting period. …

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