State pharmacy regulators across the country may soon be pressing for new rules requiring pharmacies to alert state officials whenever the employment of a pharmacist, pharmacy intern, or pharmacy technician is terminated due to drug abuse, theft, or diversion of pharmaceuticals.
A resolution approved by delegates to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) calls on state boards to secure enactment of such rules to prevent "bad apple" pharmacy personnel from obtaining prescription counter employment elsewhere.
"It has been the experience of the boards of pharmacy that when a pharmacy terminates employment of licensees/registrants (pharmacists, interns, or pharmacy technicians) due to a drug-related cause?these individuals will sometimes seek and gain employment at another pharmacy and subsequently may be involved in similar, illegal, and dangerous activities," the NABP stated.
Although some states do already have such reporting requirements in place, others that use the Model State Pharmacy Act leave it up to the pharmacist or intern to report changes of employment to the state board.
Mr. Rankin is a freelance medical writer.