This article is not intended as legal advice and should not be used as such. When legal questions arise, pharmacists should consult with attorneys familiar with the relevant drug and pharmacy laws.
Ned Milenkovich is chair of the Healthcare Law practice at Much Shelist PC and vice chair of the Illinois State Board of Pharmacy. Contact him at: 312-521-2482 / [email protected]
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