This is my fourth post regarding handling Pharmacy license complaints before the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy (the Board). My last post discussed when licensees facing complaints regarding drug abuse may be entitled to protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This post will outline how to resolve a similar complaint through admission and drug treatment.
As soon as you are aware that a complaint is filed against you with the Board alleging drug use or abuse, you should find an attorney familiar with the disciplinary rules. An understanding of the rules and complaint process could be your best chance to protect your livelihood. A lawyer in your community who engages in licensing law as a regular part of their practice may have established relationships with the board that may facilitate a favorable resolution. It is helpful if your counsel can begin discussions with the board as soon as they initiate an investigation.
The Board may wish to interview you as part of its investigation, so it is in your best interest to have a lawyer present with you. Once the Board completes its investigation, the board may make a decision through an informal process of either a consent agreement or an administrative hearing. If you are satisfied that the investigation is complete and the allegations are truthful, an experienced Arizona licensing attorney may be able to arrange a resolution involving drug treatment that can either protect your license, or enable you to earn it back. It is important that you engage a lawyer familiar with licensing law as well as the local rehabilitation programs to aid you in achieving this result.
I understand that avoiding formal proceedings may be a priority to avoid embarrassment and public exposure. A Board Conference is a formal, public proceeding. In the alternative, you may enter into a consent agreement outlining corrective measures including rehabilitation treatment.
It is important if you are facing a complaint to the Board that you obtain counsel experienced with Arizona 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 Arizona licensing attorney, I can help you navigate the process. Contact my office today for more information. In addition to Phoenix, I represent those in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. I also assist Pima County residents in Tucson.