Pharmacist License Defense in Boise, ID
Here at the Boise DUI Guy, we recognize the hard work that goes into becoming a pharmacist. We understand the daily stress and toll that are taken on you by increasing regulations from the Board of Pharmacy and the DEA. These increased regulations have led to a higher frequency of complaints and disciplinary actions, which has left many pharmacists afraid that one day they may find themselves facing similar charges, with their career, license, and potentially freedom at risk. The team of pharmacist license defense lawyers at the Boise DUI Guy are dedicated to the defense of all medical professionals, and that includes pharmacies, pharmacists, and pharmacy techs. Many of our pharmacy license defense attorneys make professional license defense their primary area of study, regularly representing pharmacists before the Idaho Board of Pharmacy, the Department of Health, the DEA, and more.
Common Accusations Seen by Our Pharmacy License Defense Lawyers
As pharmacy license defense attorneys, we deal with many different types of complaints against pharmacists and other pharmacy workers. Any interested party can file a complaint, so the charges range from the very mundane to the very serious. Here are some of the most common issues we see as pharmacy license defense attorneys in Boise.
- Administrative complaints
- Criminal charges or prior convictions
- Drug diversion
- DUI or other impairment issues
- Fraud or overpayment
- Improperly filling a prescription
- DEA Inspections and Audits
The Investigation Process and the State Board of Pharmacy
If you have become aware that the Board of Pharmacy or another state agency is investigating your conduct, it is imperative that you immediately contact a pharmacist license defense lawyer like those here at the Boise DUI Guy. Often, there is a very small window of time during which you may respond to the investigator’s request for a meeting before a formal complaint is filed, placing your license at immediate risk. Our pharmacist license defense attorneys here at the Boise DUI Guy work with the state investigators and the board of pharmacy frequently, and so we are experienced in seeing these investigations resolved. Your attorney can help advise you of the best course of action and will present your case to the investigators involved in the best possible way. Even a complaint that has no merit or validity requires the help of a pharmacist license defense lawyer to ensure that it is resolved accurately and correctly – after all, your career is on the line. Don’t risk it all by taking matters into your own hands.
The costs associated with hiring a pharmacist license defense attorney are unforeseen – we completely understand that, and it deters many pharmacists from hiring legal counsel to help with these investigations. However, by having an attorney on your side who can potentially resolve the issue during the investigation, before it goes to a hearing, this is significantly less expensive than defending a formal complaint at a hearing before the state board of pharmacy. In addition, if you are able to resolve the matter during the investigation, often there is no disciplinary action taken against you at all. On the other hand – if a formal action is reported, there are nearly always disciplinary actions that accompany that process, even if it is resolved successfully later.
The Complaint Process and Pharmacist License Defense
Upon receiving a complaint, the state board of pharmacy will first determine whether there is sufficient evidence for a formal complaint to be filed. The investigator may request a meeting with you. If so, consult first with a pharmacist license defense lawyer before speaking to the investigator – but act quickly, as the time during which you can respond to this request is limited.
Administrative complaints are filed against pharmacy licenses and will seek disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or revocation of a license. When an administrative complaint is filed against you, you have the right to request a hearing to defend yourself. Once again, the window of time in which you must request this hearing is very limited, so consult with a pharmacist license defense attorney as soon as possible. If you have received an administrative complaint, a Boise Idaho pharmacist license defense attorney can help you prepare, examine the facts of your case, and advise you as to the best course of action.
Administrative Hearings and Hearing Before the Board of Pharmacy
In many license defense cases, formal hearings are held in front of an administrative law judge. These hearing proceed similarly to a civil case, in which each side has the opportunity to argue their case and present evidence. Formal hearings, unlike informal hearings, may contain debate about the facts of the complaint, and a formal hearing presumes the defendant (the pharmacist, in this case) to be innocent, placing the burden of proof on the state. Our pharmacist license defense lawyers frequently represent medical professionals from across the spectrum, including pharmacists and pharmacy professionals. It is the job of these attorneys, often, not to prove your innocence, but to demonstrate that the state has failed to prove your guilt. In the case of an administrative hearing, this often results in a positive outcome.
While our pharmacist license defense lawyers will certainly work with the state to reach a settlement, should the investigation escalate to formal discipline, we aggressively challenge these actions. You have worked very hard for your pharmacist license, and our pharmacist license defense lawyers will work hard to protect it.
Suspension or Revocation of Pharmacist License
The state board of pharmacy may choose to suspend the license of a pharmacist if they believe that pharmacists’ conduct places the public’s health, safety or welfare at risk. Often, pharmacists see licenses suspended for gross misconduct, for substance abuse, or fraud. Just as in an administrative complaint, you have the right to request a hearing to defend yourself. If “emergency action” has been taken to suspend your pharmacy license, a hearing will be conducted after license actions have been taken, due to the serious nature of the allegations. Whatever the case, it falls to the pharmacist to request the hearing, and failing to do so constitutes a waiver of your right to a hearing, potentially allowing the emergency suspension to become permanent. Don’t let this become your story – contact a pharmacist license defense lawyer at the Boise DUI Guy today, and let us work to quickly and aggressively respond to these actions, defend your license, and put you back to work.
Our Experience with Pharmacist License Defense
Here at the Boise DUI Guy, we’re known for DUI and other impairment cases (obviously), but we also have a strong reputation for professional license defense, including pharmacist license defense. Our attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable about all the rules and regulations for the various state boards and agencies involved in these sorts of cases, and we are uniquely qualified to help you defend the pharmacist license you worked so hard to obtain. Whatever the allegations against you may be, however unfounded or concrete, minor or serious, our pharmacist license defense lawyers are ready to fight every day to help you protect your license, your livelihood, and your practice.
If you learn that you are under investigation or your license is at risk, don’t delay – contact the Boise DUI Guy today and let our pharmacist license defense attorneys help you.