The practice of pharmacy has been greatly impacted by the opioid epidemic in this country.
Even the most experienced Pharmacist can be caught in the web of individuals who use the system to feed their addiction. Combine that threat with the intertwined and overlapping statutes and regulations governing the practice of pharmacy, and it is easy to see why this is one of the busiest boards at LLR.
Whether you are Licensed as a Pharmacist, Pharmacy Tech, or Pharmacy Intern, your license could be impacted by an LLR investigation.
Often Pharmacists won’t know anything is wrong until they receive a Notice of Complaint or a call from an inspector from the pharmacy board. Don’t make the mistake of responding to a license complaint or speaking to an inspector before consulting with a member of our team to discuss the process and your legal rights.
The Recovering Professionals Program (RPP)
Whether you are a professional referred to, or participating in, the Recovering Professionals Program (RPP) or if you just need help receiving or transferring your pharmacy license, we can help. We offer a private consultation so we can discuss your specific situation, next steps, and possible outcomes. We are here to help you.
Pharmacy Licensing Complaints can be made by:
Members of the public
Another member of your profession
A manager or other supervisor
A family member
Any other anonymous source
ALL LICENSE COMPLAINTS MUST BE RECEIVED IN WRITING (MAIL OR E-MAIL)
When a license complaint is received, LLR’s Office of Investigation and Enforcement (OIE) assigns it to a complaint analyst who reviews the license complaint to determine if an investigation is warranted. This is the time when an analyst decides whether or not to actually open a case against you. If a case is opened against you, it is then taken over by an LLR investigator.
YOU FIND OUT ABOUT A LICENSE COMPLAINT BY RECEIVING A LETTER FROM THE SC DEPT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION
You will receive a Notice of Complaint in the mail. This notice will inform you that a license complaint has been filed. The letter includes details of the allegation(s) and requests a written response from you. This is the best time to contact an attorney.
YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO HAVE YOUR SIDE OF THE STORY HEARD
Keep in mind that any communication provided to the agency may be used in a legal proceeding. A big mistake that many people make at this step is to not respond to the license complaint at all. If you do not provide any response, the investigation will continue and the inspector’s findings will be made without any input from you.
YOU MAY HAVE AN ATTORNEY PRESENT – AT ALL TIMES
An attorney can not only advise you on your case, they can also submit a written response to the license complaint letter on your behalf. And of course, an attorney can represent you at any investigative meetings or hearings.
Don’t take on the South Carolina LLR without proper legal representation. Contact us today to speak directly with a Pharmacy License Defense Attorney.