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What are the top threats to pharmacist licenses?

On Behalf of | May 8, 2023 | Pharmacists

Medical professionals work hard to get their license. For that reason, it makes sense to avoid anything that could possibly put those licenses in jeopardy.

When it comes to pharmacy in particular, what are the biggest potential sources of license risk?

Issues with controlled substance monitoring

Code of Colorado Regulations discusses the rules and regulations that pharmacists must abide by. One of the biggest risks to a license involves the controlled substances that pharmacies have.

Accountability audits happen with very little or even no warning at all. These occur frequently, ensuring that pharmacies are not abusing their access to controlled drugs.

If a pharmacist does not keep suitable records, it can look like they have a shortage of controlled substances. Staff members can also potentially steal these substances, leading to an accountability trickle-down effect.

Related, no one should do a job that they do not have clearance for. For example, a pharmacist can lose their license by allowing a pharmacy tech to do their job.

Not taking HIPAA seriously

Another form of license loss can come through HIPAA violations. In the medical field, the patient’s private information must have full protection at all times.

Not safeguarding patient records, having breaches in data and other similar issues may result in license loss due to breach of confidentiality.

Finally, in order to renew a license, pharmacists must constantly renew their education and keep up with the newest and most up-to-date medical information available. Failure to do so will result in the license lapsing and a pharmacist not having the ability to renew it.