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Today, I received by mail my citation for $1000 from the Board of Pharmacy for verifying the wrong medication and dispensing it. It gives me the option to contest it.
Here is a paragraph from the attachments in the mail :
" The issuance of a Citation by the Board of Pharmacy is considered an administrative action and substantiated resolution of a complaint and/or investigation. If a hearing is not requested to contest the Citation(s), payment of any fine(s) shall not constitute an admission of the violation(s) charged. Payment in full of the fine(s) assessed shall be represented as a satisfactory resolution of the matter in any public disclosure"

Should I just pay the fine? Will this be on my record? I have HPSO professional liability insurance. Will they pay for this? Thanks for any advice.
 

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Contact your liability insurance and speak with one of the lawyers.
 
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I am glad my state does not fine people for errors. Unless there was gross negligence or incompetence a fine is simply a way for the board to make some money. Each pharmacy has multiple dispensing errors each year, why should you be punished because a patient reports you for one of them and not the others?
 

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wow - this almost sounds like a scam - pay the money and you won't have to plead guilty to making an honest mistake (which we all have).

I never heard of a state fining people for errors.
 

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Technically it's misbranding. If a consumer files a complaint, they investigate. They are there to protect the consumer
 

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I don't think it will be on your record. My friend got fined by CA BOP $500 for comingling 2 different strengths of the same drug. She paid the fine, and it's not on public record.
 

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Happens all the time in Texas. Remember that your state's board of pharmacy is there to protect the consumer, not the pharmacist.
 
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Which is why the whole self reporting of errors is bunk. Basically you will be punished in some form no matter what anyone tells you
 

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Which is why the whole self reporting of errors is bunk. Basically you will be punished in some form no matter what anyone tells you
Internal reporting doesn't go to the BOP or result in fines, at least not at any company I know of. I have reported all my errors with no punishment of any sort.
 

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Were you not given any chance to defend yourself? Shouldn't the BOP have to let you know there was a complaint, and give you a chance to attend the meeting that they are discussing you at?
 

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Internal reporting doesn't go to the BOP or result in fines, at least not at any company I know of. I have reported all my errors with no punishment of any sort.
Internal reporting is protected from discovery under evidence code 1157 in California. Literally error reports are presented, then collected and shredded. Plus those reports don't even list the pharmacists name. Unless I'm interpreting this wrong...I really can't envision any hospital pharmacist getting fined for a dispensing error given that a) records are secret, b) evidence no longer exists (mislabeled stuff gets returned back to pharmacy and relabeled...even if it's reported), c) who in their right mind would voluntarily report to BOP with all the knowledge of the event and personnel?

If the drug gets administered and is egregiously wrong/harms the patient...different story, I'm talking a pure dispense error.

Am I not thinking of something?
 

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I guess it depends on the place you work. And while a company will not report an internal error to the BOP, they do punish their employees. Like wal-mart sending you to AR for retraining

New York also fines dispensing errors, you can read about them all on their website.
 

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Today, I received by mail my citation for $1000 from the Board of Pharmacy for verifying the wrong medication and dispensing it. It gives me the option to contest it.
Here is a paragraph from the attachments in the mail :
" The issuance of a Citation by the Board of Pharmacy is considered an administrative action and substantiated resolution of a complaint and/or investigation. If a hearing is not requested to contest the Citation(s), payment of any fine(s) shall not constitute an admission of the violation(s) charged. Payment in full of the fine(s) assessed shall be represented as a satisfactory resolution of the matter in any public disclosure"

Should I just pay the fine? Will this be on my record? I have HPSO professional liability insurance. Will they pay for this? Thanks for any advice.
There are two different ways you can look at this. You could see it as a state sanctioned shake down, "Pay us a $1000 and no one gets hurt" or you can look at as a speeding ticket in which you plea nolo contendere. If after looking at the specifics of the citation you see that you indeed did commit the error, then pay the $1000 and drive on. If you feel that you are not culpable then make the state prove their case. Because you've not admitted guilt I don't see this staying on your record. I don't know why you'd call your professional liability insurance, you're not being sued for damages.
 

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Would you rather pay a fine for verifying the wrong medication or have a permanent mark against your license for misbranding meclizine 25 mg #90 because #30 were in the vial?
 

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If you try to get a license in another state you have to report it as discipline. People get busted for not reporting California citations as discipline all the time when reciprocating.
 

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so if u have error/omission insurance do they cover it?
 
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Texas BOP is worst for this kind of crap. And you better believe they will make it a public record even after you've paid the fine. They just go around making money off of pharmacists and ruining people's lives. I hate them.
 
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