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California Criminal Convictions and Pharmacist Discipline
In California pharmacists and pharmacy technicians face discipline by the Board of Pharmacy — including license revocation — after getting certain types of criminal convictions.
The Board also has the authority to withhold licenses from applicants who have been convicted of a crime in the past seven years that was substantially related to pharmaceuticals. In fact, there are some criminal convictions that might stop an applicant from receiving a pharmaceutical license no matter how old the offense is. These include:
The California Criminal Defense Lawyers at Spodek Law Group represent people accused of crimes and we have experience helping pharmacists keep their licenses in disciplinary actions.
In this article, you will learn more about criminal convictions and pharmacist discipline in California. If you have further questions after reading, feel free to contact us for a consultation.
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What body regulates pharmacists in California?
Under the auspices of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, The Board of Pharmacy, regulates pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy interns Their mission is one of public protection. Their responsibilities include disciplining licensees convicted of certain crimes by placing them on probation or suspending or revoking licenses.
What types of convictions can trigger Board discipline?
Convictions that can trigger board discipline are those that are “substantially related” to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a pharmacist, pharmacy technician or pharmacy intern. The Board can also deny a license application on the basis of any substantially related conviction.
What is a “substantially related” conviction?
The term “substantially related” describes a conviction that “evidences present or potential unfitness of a licensee or registrant to perform the functions authorized by his license or registration in a manner consistent with the public health, safety, or welfare.” Drug crimes are an obvious category, but other offenses include murder, grand theft, rape, and identity theft, among others.
The Board’s Disciplinary Guidelines classify criminal convictions as either Category II or Category III violations, with a recommended minimum discipline of three to five years probation plus possible license suspension and maximum discipline of license revocation.
What Convictions Count?
For the purposes of this discussion, a conviction can include felony and misdemeanor convictions secured by guilty pleas and verdicts, “no contest” pleas and convictions that could later be expunged under California Penal Code Section 1203.4. The Board has the authority to take disciplinary action even in cases where the defendant successfully completes a court-ordered diversion program. In some cases, the Board will take expedited action.
On top of that, the Board has ways to uncover concealed convictions. Therefore, it is wise to be upfront about your past. Actually, court clerks are obligated to report to the Board any licensee convictions within 10 days of judgment.
The Role of Rehabilitation
Indeed, people can and should be given the chance to be rehabilitated from their criminal activities and make positive change in their lives. As such, the Board is required to consider evidence of a person’s efforts at rehabilitation in making discipline decisions. The Board will look at the whole picture, including:
It’s worth noting that the purpose of regulatory proceedings is not meant to be punitive to a licensee like criminal proceedings. Rather, they are designed to assist the Board in assessing whether a licensee poses a threat to the public.
That said, your goal is to show the Board that you are sincere in your remorse and have taken the steps necessary to overcome the past. You want to instill confidence in the Board that you pose no danger to the public if you keep serving them in this capacity.
Pharmacist License Reinstatement in California
Should you end up losing your license anyway, you don’t have to give up. You will have the right apply to have your license reinstated in the future. At that point, the Board reviews your evidence of rehabilitation.
For example, a pharmacy technician’s license was revoked after pleading guilty to identity theft. Although her license was revoked, the administrative law judge gave her hope for the future, pointing out that she was on the right track by demonstrating remorse, complying with her probation terms, doing intermittent work and serving in church activities.
How can I fight for my license?
Have you receive an Accusation from the Board notifying you that the Board seeks to discipline you by suspending or revoking your license? Worry not. You, or your attorney, might be able to negotiate with the Board and come to a settlement that limits the extent of discipline.
You also have the option of a hearing in front of an administrative law judge, where you will have the right to discovery, and an opportunity to introduce evidence and cross-examine witnesses. To exercise this option, you must act quickly. After 15 days have passed since the Accusation was issued, you will be presumed to have waived your right to a hearing.
How does the 7-year rule apply to pharmacist?
The Board has the right to deny pharmacy licenses to applicants who have been convicted of certain crimes at any time. These include sex offenses, rape, murder, assault and the like. Applicants who get denied a license on the basis of their criminal history have the right to appeal.
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