Dr.Biassi

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Board of Pharmacy Revokes License of Ocean County Pharmacist
NEWARK – The New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy has revoked the license of Toms River pharmacist Barbara Ann Pesciotta because she continued to work as a pharmacist after having surrendered her license in connection with a drug arrest, Attorney General Zulima V. Farber and Consumer Affairs Director Kimberly Ricketts announced today.

In a related matter, the board also suspended the license of Pesciotta’s husband, Roy Thomas, after finding that he illegally dispensed prescription anti-anxiety and pain medications for his own use from the active stock of his employer, Rand’s Pharmacy in Toms River. The prescriptions were not authorized by any physician.

As part of an earlier agreement with the board, Pesciotta surrendered her license in February 2004 following her arrest in Dover Township on charges of driving under the influence and possession of the prescription painkiller Oxycodone, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Under the terms of the agreement, Pesciotta was ordered to cease and desist from engaging in the practice of pharmacy and was prohibited from, among other things, “being present within a prescription filling area of a pharmacy.”

Despite the order, the board received information that Pesciotta had been working between August 2004 and April 2005 at Rand’s Pharmacy in Toms River. During the course of the board’s investigation, Pesciotta presented a false letter to investigators indicating her license had been restored. The board’s investigation allegedly revealed that Pesciotta had obtained the prescription painkiller Percocet through the use of stolen and forged prescription blanks. Percocet is a schedule II controlled dangerous substance that is highly addictive.

“Ms. Pesciotta showed contempt for the board and for laws enacted for the public’s safety,” Director Ricketts said. “The board’s action removes this person from the practice of pharmacy and sends a strong message that the board will do what it must to protect the public.”

As part of the board’s order, Pesciotta is barred from ever applying to have her license restored.


http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/press/presciotta.htm
 

twester

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Yeah, it happens fairly regularly. If you peruse the minutes of State Board meetings, lots of pharmacists get disciplined for substance abuse and/or diversion infractions. I was at a board meeting last year where the board dismissed charges against a pharmacist because she had died - from an overdose. Really sad...
 

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Nothing new here.....but, the incidence is lower than other health care professionals.

But....I do have a funny story - we a few funny stories.

When I was a young pharmacist, two of us came in the hospital pharmacy - no alarms in those days, just keys. We got started & one of the things we needed to do was to gather the narc orders from closing until opening & start the list to make the AM delivery. The pharmacist (not me) went into the narc room & found the PM pharmacist asleep (passed out) on the floor of the narc room. We called ER - he hadn't OD'd, but he was definitely impaird.

The other one.....again, another staff pharmacist was stopped for a traffic violation. In those days, an officer could search for "reason". He opened the trunk & found bottles of controlled substances which had been returned to the pharmacy & not returned to stock. This was in the days before pyxis when we processed, labeled & sent III, IV & V five day qtys to the floors. If they were not used, they were returned, credited & put back in stock. Well...not by this guy.

Then, this one is not so funny at all - he owned the pharmacy which was causative for contaminating a compounded product, was sued & ended up committing suicide using Duragesic patches. Very sad!
 
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