Arizona Board of Pharmacy Disciplinary Actions: Defense for Pharmacists with Arizona Pharmacy Board Disciplinary Actions
Arizona Board of Pharmacy disciplinary actions are given to pharmacists with a license or certification in Arizona. If the Board determines formal disciplinary action is necessary it will happen after the completion of an investigation. It’s the job of the Board to review any complaint alleging a violation of the Arizona laws and regulations. Chelle Law’s Arizona Board of Pharmacy Attorneys have represented over 1,000 health care professionals before Arizona licensing boards. At Chelle Law, our attorney’s have the experience to help pharmacists with all Arizona Board of Pharmacy matters.
Thus, at a Board Meeting, the Board will vote to determine the outcome of each investigation and whether to issue disciplinary measures. The Board can vote on a non-disciplinary outcome or vote to offer the pharmacist formal discipline. Disciplinary actions can include:
- Letter of concern
- Decree of censure
- Non-disciplinary order for continuing education
State Board of Pharmacy Non Disciplinary Actions
- CASE DISMISSAL: The Board may dismiss a complaint if they determine the information indicates there was not a violation of the rules of the Arizona Revised Statutes. This outcome is not available to the public.
- LETTER OF CONCERN: A letter from the Board expressing concern that the pharmacist’s conduct was not ideal; however, the conduct does not necessarily violate the law or Arizona State Board policy and no further contact is needed. This will not effect future licensure or if the licensee wishes to further their education. This is not shown on license verification.
- NON-DISCIPLINARY ORDER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION: An order that dictates the pharmacist must complete a number of hours of continuing education for specific topics.
Arizona Board of Pharmacy Unprofessional Conduct
- REVOCATION: If the Board revokes a pharmacist’s license the pharmacist will be unable to practice or get licensed again for a minimum of five years. After the five year period license revocation the pharmacist will need to reapply for their license. If the pharmacist reapplies for licensure they must demonstrate the grounds for revocation (substance abuse, mental health problems, criminal convictions) has been rectified through an applicable program. This is a public document.
- VOLUNTARY SURRENDER: The pharmacist voluntarily gives up their license. The benefit of this voluntary consent is that the Board is usually willing to reduce the amount of time until a pharmacist can reapply. This is usually between two to three years.
- SUSPENSION: A suspension stops the pharmacist from practicing. It prohibits any patient contact or services for a period of time until the Board lifts the suspension.
- PROBATION: The Board offers probation through a consent agreement. The consent agreement requires the pharmacist do certain things (drug testing, work supervision, counseling, continuing education). Alternatively, they may need to refrain from doing things (unsupervised Medical like home health, working under the Medical licensure compact, using alcohol, etc.) A request for a removal of probation will be needed.
- DECREE OF CENSURE: A letter of reprimand is the lowest level of formal discipline against a license or certificate. There are no probationary requirements. However, the action is on the website for the public to inspect. this is considered a penalty.
Arizona Revised Statutes and Complaint Information
Who can file an Arizona Board of Pharmacy Complaint against a pharmacist? Patients, health care facilities, other professionals, among others. When the AZ Board receives a complaint, the Board initiates an investigation into the complaint (if the Board has jurisdiction and the Complaint isn’t dismissed). After this happens, the pharmacist receives notice and the board assigns an investigator to the case. Please note, having an attorney during this step can be crucial for pharmacists as they must submit a response, interview with the investigator while also possibly appearing at an Arizona Board of Pharmacy.
Responding to Practice Complaints and Investigations
After receiving an AZ Board Complaint or self-report, a pharmacist receives a notice from the Board requesting additional information as well as a response to allegations found in the complaint. From here, the Board of Pharmacy assigns an investigator to the complaint and they begin to collect evidence. The documents and evidence collected includes:
- Patient medical records
- Employment files from the pharmacist’s employer and business
- Criminal and civil records
- Other state licenses and application
- Interviews of people associated with the Board Complaint (These interviewees can include the patient, medical director, colleagues, etc.)
If you’re interested in learning more about our Arizona Board of Pharmacy Attorney services and how to protect your pharmacy license, set up a consultation with Chelle Law today.