Joseph P. Hougnon, Attorney at Law

A Pharmacy License Defense Attorney May Help You Avoid Formal Sanctions


In California, there are almost 30,000 licensed pharmacists who are regulated by the California State Board of Pharmacy. The mission of this governing body is to protect and promote the safety of Californians by ensuring that pharmacists use the highest quality of care and the appropriate use of pharmaceuticals through education, communication, licensing, legislation, regulation, and enforcement.

The vast majority of pharmacists may never have a complaint filed against them, but it does happen. If it is not handled proactively and aggressively, the results can have a significant impact on the personal and professional life of a licensee. There are many reasons a complaint may be filed, but some of the more common ones include:

  • Errors in filling prescriptions, either through type or dosage
  • Lack of proper authorization from a physician
  • Prescription billing disputes
  • Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Drug-related crimes
  • DUI
  • Failure to maintain confidentiality
  • Drug or alcohol abuse that impact job performance
  • Improperly counseling of a patient on the use of a prescription

When any of these complaints are filed against a pharmacist, they should be taken seriously since they may involve not only civil penalties, but criminal penalties as well. For these reasons, it is imperative to retain the services of an experienced pharmacist license defense attorney as soon as possible.

Responding to a Complaint

The most effective way to respond to a complaint is to seek legal help immediately through the assistance of a pharmacist license defense attorney in Sacramento. This is because there is often a very small window of time to respond to a complaint, and when you do not meet appropriate deadlines, the Pharmacy Board can take actions without allowing you to fully defend yourself.

Often times, an attorney may also be able to work with an investigator to demonstrate early on that an allegation lacks substance and that the pharmacist’s actions were well within defined standards. In some cases, quick action may also prevent an initial complaint from becoming a formal complaint – saving time, money, and stress in the process. Otherwise, a routine investigation may take as long as six months and complex investigations can take much longer.

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Since 1996, Joe Hougnon, Esq. has provided the best legal services for DUI, Criminal charges & personal injury cases in northern California.