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When someone works for years to become a pharmacist, they aren’t willing to do anything to put their career in jeopardy. It takes time, commitment, money, and personal sacrifice to become a licensed pharmacist in Boston, and it requires an oath to uphold the law and the medical code in the state. Pharmacists have dangerous and important jobs. It’s dangerous because one misstep could cost a client their life. One mistake can mean the difference between life and death for a pharmacist, and it’s a harrowing concept. Pharmacists are required to respect the law, the oath they took, and they are required to provide a reasonable standard of care.
Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time. Pharmacists are people, and people are imperfect. Imperfect people occasionally make mistakes. The only difference between them and pharmacists is they aren’t providing medication to someone that has the potential to save their life or risk their life. Anything can happen at any time, which is why all Boston pharmacists should have a relationship with a pharmacy license defense attorney. One minor misstep can cost you your license, your livelihood, and your freedom.
Negligence occurs when a pharmacist is not doing their job correctly. Some classic examples might be a pharmacist who doesn’t double check his work, and ends up mixing up prescriptions. If he accidentally places the name of a child in need of a simple antibiotic on medication meant for an adult, that child might end up very sick. It’s negligence. If a pharmacist doesn’t verify a prescription with a doctor because he’s running short on time and looking for a shortcut to get everything accomplished, it’s negligent.
Negligence can result in the loss of a pharmacist’s professional license. If the person who filed the initial complaint decides to file a personal lawsuit, the pharmacist might also be required to pay fines or spend time in jail.
Pharmacists are like any other medical professional required to provide the same level of care and respect to all the clients who come into their pharmacy no matter their differences. Discrimination of any type, not allowing someone to fill a prescription because you have a gut feeling, or calling a client names or making rude comments to them is unprofessional, and it’s grounds for punishment. It might mean your license is suspended for a time. It might also mean your license is revoked forever.
Medical Billing Issues
Pharmacists are required to submit insurance information to various insurers, including the federal government for any client who uses Medicare or Medicaid to pay for their prescriptions. If a pharmacist submits incorrect claims, charges a client for prescriptions they didn’t receive, or they overcharge willfully and knowingly to make a bigger profit at work, they’re committing fraud. Fraud is a federal crime, and it always results in fines, restitution, and prison time. The amount of each depends on the number of counts a pharmacist is found guilty of, and much money was taken as a result of fraud.
Pharmacists are expected to provide professional service in a professional manner, and this includes leaving drug and alcohol use at home. Drugs are illegal, so any pharmacist who uses them is subject to legal issues if they are caught abusing drugs. If a pharmacist is using alcohol and abusing it, he or she might be placed on probation. They could be required to undergo mandatory medical care to treat their substance abuse issue, and they may have to undergo mandatory drug or alcohol testing in the future.
Pharmacists are not permitted to hold a state professional license if they have a criminal conviction of any type. Whether their crime has anything to do with their job, anyone who commits a crime and is arrested and charged while in possession of a pharmacist license is going to lose their license.
Pharmacists have a difficult job that requires a level of care held to a higher standard than others in the professional world. Anyone who puts their license at risk or who is falsely accused by a patient or coworker of negligence or a crime has a right to an attorney well-versed in pharmacy license defense.