Illinois Develops New Program For Pharmacy Violations
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Illinois regulators have announced that they are issuing tickets and fines
for some minor infractions in state’s licensed
pharmacies. Prior to this announcement, minor infractions in the state’s licensed
pharmacies were treated with higher-level disciplinary actions that took
time and resources. A pilot program developed by officials at the Illinois
Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has now been made
permanent as of Monday, October 17, in hopes that investigators can focus
on matters that are more serious threats to public safety. Officials say
the program benefits both the department and the pharmacists.
The Pharmacy Citation Program has been developed and used for minor infractions.
According to officials, the program has issued 86 tickets for issues such
as keeping food or beverages in an undesignated area of a pharmacy and
failure to display a current license in a conspicuous location. This new
program has brought in over $23,000 in fines during the first six months.
It also spares pharmacists and state’s licensed pharmacies the burden
of legal fees and lengthy litigation. Officials say the program will allow
major infractions such as public safety issues, more easily investigated
by health officials. If the program succeeds, it is possible more states
will develop a similar action plan.
The department can reduce regulatory burdens without compromising patient
care and public safety. Officials call it a streamlined approach that
gives the department’s investigators increased time in the field
for more substantive matters. More information on the new program can
be found by visiting the state’s website.
If you have been injured and you believe it is the result of a mistake
made by a pharmacy or pharmacist, please
Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC, and tell us your case.