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Dangerous and Defective Drugs If you put your trust in a pharmaceutical company and were hurt by their product, you deserve compensation for your suffering.
Wrong Medication Did you receive the wrong medication or incorrect prescription from a pharmacy? If you have suffered because of a medication error please call us for a free case review.
Wrong Dosage Common forms of medication error: incorrect dosage error. Order our free book to learn how to protect yourself and your family from wrong dosage errors.
Other Errors Order our free book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors, to learn your rights in prescription error cases.
Kids Rx Errors Order a free copy of The Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Children Against Pharmacy Errors. If you have suffered a prescription error contact our firm today.
Pharmacy Malpractice If you have suffered an injury because a pharmacy dispensed the wrong medication or made an error with your prescription, you are able to file a claim for negligence or malpractice and receive the compensation you deserve.
Walgreens Pharmacy Error Claims There have been numerous claims brought against Walgreens for pharmacy errors or prescription errors. Order our free book to learn how to take action.
CVS Pharmacy Error Claims If you've been injured because of a CVS Pharmacy prescription error, call us for help with your lawsuit at 888-526-7616.
State Pharmacy Boards If you have been severely injured because of a medication error, contact board-certified attorneys immediately to investigate your case free of charge.
Drug & Pharmacy Error Prevention Filing a pharmacy error lawsuit is the only way to make pharmacies take accountability for mistakes. Call our board certified attorneys for a free case review.
State Pharmacy Laws State laws on pharmacy malpractice. Learn the pharmacy error Statute of Limitation laws that apply to your state. Call 877-342-2020 for a free consultation.

What Happens When the Board of Pharmacy Initiates Disciplinary Action?

David W. Hodges
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Many people have suffered adverse reactions when a pharmacist has mixed up their medication, gave them the wrong drugs, or dispensed the incorrect dose of medication. These people want to know what happens to that pharmacist after they file a complaint with the State Board of Pharmacy. This curiosity is normal, as it is natural to want to know how the negligent pharmacist is punished for his or her wrongful actions. 

Every State Board of Pharmacy is responsible for regulating pharmacy practices through disciplinary processes. Typically, the board will receive notices of complaints against a particular pharmacy or pharmacist. Depending on the details and accusations of the complaint, investigators may make an unannounced visit to the pharmacy to conduct an investigation, or they may send written correspondence that the pharmacy or pharmacist can reply to. If the board decides to initiate disciplinary action against a pharmacist for pharmacy malpractice and violating pharmacy or drug laws, then the pharmacist is generally invited to attend an informal settlement conference with the board.

What Happens at the Informal Settlement Conference?

The pharmacist will be given the date, time, and place of the scheduled conference and the information that will be discussed. At the conference, the pharmacist will be given a chance to present his or her side of the complaint and respond to the allegations. The board panel will then deliberate and decide on a recommendation. Each outcome is different depending on the case details. Some pharmacists may receive a dismissal, formal warning, or fine; others may face more serious disciplinary action, such as:

  • Restricted license
  • Suspended license
  • Revoked license

If the panel proposes disciplinary action, it has to present it to the rest of the board members at the next meeting. If the majority of the members agree to the disciplinary proposal, the complaint against the pharmacist will be entered. However, the pharmacist has the opportunity to appeal the decision and have a public hearing conducted by the Administrative Law Judge.

If you have been injured, or if you lost a loved one, due to pharmacy error, you may have a pharmacy malpractice case. If you would like to discuss your potential pharmacy malpractice lawsuit, please call Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P., an experienced pharmacy error law firm, at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation and a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.