These articles are not intended as legal advice and should not be used as such. When a legal question arises, the pharmacist should consult with an attorney familiar with pharmacy law in his or her state.
Ken Baker is a pharmacist and an attorney. He teaches ethics at the Glendale, Arizona, campus of Midwestern University, and risk management for the University of Florida. He consults in the areas of pharmacy error reduction, communication, and risk management. Mr. Baker is an attorney of counsel with the Arizona law firm of Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA. E-mail at [email protected]
Must pharmacies contact their state boards of pharmacy, DEA, OIG, and other agencies to see if a prospective staff R.Ph. has a license that's in order and has not been excluded from participation in Medicare and state healthcare programs?
Regarding the practice of having pharmacy technicians call for verification/ clarification of prescriptions over illegible drug name, strength, quantity, refills, and directions, I live in Illinois and have worked for an organization that allows this. I am curious to know if the laws were being followed or violated.
Q : What are the merits and drawbacks of participating in a class action lawsuit? From time to time, pharmacists are invited to take part in such activities. How should they determine whether to do this?