Legal Counsel for Pharmacists with Disciplinary Complaints Before the Missouri Board of Pharmacy
The Law Offices of Kevin J. Dolley defends pharmacists who receive disciplinary complaints from the Missouri Board of Pharmacy. The Firm regularly provides legal counsel to pharmacists in disciplinary proceedings before the Missouri Board of Pharmacy and has significant knowledge of and experience with pharmacist regulations and procedures.
Complaints to the Missouri Board of Pharmacy
When a complaint against a Pharmacist is received by the Missouri Board of Pharmacy, it is reviewed by the Executive Director. If the Director determines the Board has jurisdiction and that there is sufficient information, the complaint will be sent to a Board investigator who will inquire into the allegations. It is important to seek timely legal counsel if you are notified of an investigation. The Law Offices of Kevin J. Dolley effectively helps clients respond to investigatory complaints. After the investigation is completed, the Board investigator will forward the file to the Board of Pharmacy to review at its next meeting. If is the Board determines that there is not enough evidence or that there was not a violation of Pharmacy Practices Act, the complaint will be dismissed.
Potential Discipline for Violating the Pharmacy Practices Act
If Board believes a violation of the Pharmacy Practices Act (Chapter 338 RSMo) occurred, it files formal charges against the licensee with the Administrative Hearing Commission. In certain instances, the Board may seek immediate discipline against the licensee.
Allegations by which a pharmacist may be subject to discipline under Missouri law include:
- Felony or misdemeanor criminal conviction or guilty plea;
- Medication diversion;
- Drug or alcohol use, unlawful possession, intoxication or impairment;
- Substituting or changing a prescription without prescriber approval;
- Incompetency, gross negligence, misconduct, fraud, dishonesty, or misrepresentation in the performance of pharmacist duties;
- Violating pharmacist regulations;
- Failure to display a license;
- False or misleading advertising;
- License application issues;
- Disciplinary action by another state board;
- Probation violations.
It is crucial to have experienced counsel on your side to protect your interests and avoid unnecessary discipline of your license. The Law Offices of Kevin J. Dolley will assist you in preparing a strong response and defense in order to protect your license and employment.
Multiple State Licensing Issues
Our attorneys understand the effect disciplinary actions can have on your license, particularly if you are licensed in multiple states. Certain issues can follow you from state to state so it is important to know and evaluate your options.
Criminal Convictions and their Impact on Professional Licenses
When faced with criminal prosecution, special attention must be paid to the impact a judgment or plea agreement will have on your professional license. Many criminal convictions or guilty pleas, whether felonies or misdemeanors, must be reported to the Board. Certain crimes can result in immediate suspension of your license, while others may result in an administrative complaint. Decisions made during the criminal process, including before charges are filed, can impact your license. If you have been accused of a crime or have recently been convicted or pled guilty, please contact our professional licensing defense attorneys to discuss your options and help protect your professional license.
Pharmacists whose applications for licensure have been denied by the Board have the right to appeal under Missouri law. After receiving written notice of denial from the Board, a pharmacist may file a complaint with the AHC. A trial-type hearing then occurs and the AHC can overturn the Board’s decision to deny a pharmacist’s license. Legal representation is important during this process in order to ensure the proper procedures are followed and legal standards are met. If the Board denied your application for licensure as a pharmacist, contact the Law Offices of Kevin J. Dolley.
Missouri law provides pharmacists with revoked license an opportunity to apply for reinstatement provided certain conditions are met. The Law Offices of Kevin J. Dolley can help navigate this process and ensure you meet the Board’s requirements for reinstatement. If your pharmacist license was revoked, contact us for help restoring it to good standing.
If you are notified that a complaint has been made against your Missouri pharmacist license or that you are accused of violating probation, contact the Law Offices of Kevin J. Dolley to obtain experienced legal counsel to address the situation by calling(314) 645-4100 or by email at email@example.com.