I work in a pharmacy as a tech. Recently, a new pharmacist was hired. I used to work with this pharmacist about 9 years ago. He very often came to work very impaired and acted erratically and violently on the job. He was turned into the state board and lost his license to practice pharmacy. I knew his situation well since I worked beside him, and I also closely knew his wife. He told the Board of Pharmacy that he drink alcohol frequently and thus was sometimes at work drunk. The Board suspended his license. However, he lied during the investigation. He never drank; instead, he was stealing heavy narcotics and strong sedatives from the pharmacy, and he was high from the drugs. Now that I am working with him again, I worry that he will fall back into his old habit. The Board of Pharmacy gave him his license back because they thought he was an alcoholic. Can a professional lie to the Board of Pharmacy about such an issue? Or is it considered acceptable to lie and claim you abuse alcohol? Thank you.
As a certified pharmacy technician you should be concerned with what your obligations are in referenced to observing and knowing about an impaired practitioner. If you are aware of or concerned a pharmacist is presently impaired then you are likely under a reporting obligation to the Health Practitioners Monitoring Program.
Of course not.
A pharmacy tech who knew, observed, and was aware that a pharmacist was stealing and using narcotics illegally raises significant question as to whether that pharmacy tech should be licensed.
Report what you know.
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