Pharmacist distraught looking at pill bottlesThis is my second post on defending your pharmacy license against disciplinary action by the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy (the Board). My last post gave an overview of the disciplinary system and outlined this series. Drug addiction is a serious medical issue and can lead to a break down in many aspects of your life. It can be frightening and embarrassing to face disciplinary action at work or by the Board because of drug use. An experienced and compassionate Phoenix licensing attorney can help you navigate the Board’s disciplinary system and get the treatment that you require.

Phoenix pharmacists caught using illegal or prescription drugs can lead to complaints to the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy

Whether or not you are discovered using on the job, any illegal or off prescription drug use, or even prescription drug use that interferes with your ability to do your job may be cause for a complaint to the Board. Drug use may be witnessed, discovered through routine drug testing, or even from radical departures from your normal behavior. Discovery of your drug use may cause you uncertainty and fear about your future and that of your family. There are many ways a complaint may be resolved that will protect your license. It is in your best interest to consult an Phoenix licensing lawyer as soon as you are aware that this is or may be a complaint against you. Taking swift action may be the best way to safeguard your license and your livelihood.

Wrongful accusations of drug use by a Phoenix pharmacist can bring Arizona State Board of Pharmacy scrutiny

Recovering addicts face many stigmas, including suspicion of return to drug use. Even those who care for you may scrutinize your demeanor and actions for signs of relapse. Many people believe they are acting in your best interest when they construe your moods or behaviors to indicate you have gone back to using drugs. Sometimes these people may submit a complaint to the Board saying they believe that you have begun using drugs again and detailing what they know about your past use and addiction. This can impact your license even if the allegation is untrue. An experienced license defense attorney can investigate the complaint independently and investigate the person complaining in an attempt to expose their motives to bring the complaint and any evidence tending to show that you have maintained your sobriety.

It is important if you are facing a complaint to the Board that you obtain counsel experienced with pharmacist licensing issues and administrative hearings. This can mean the difference between dismissal or a resolution involving corrective measures and the loss of your license. I understand that your license is a matter of pride and your primary means of support. As an experienced attorney, I can help you navigate the process. Contact my office today for more information. I also represent those in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. I also assist Pima County residents in Tucson.