Canada Edmonton pharmacist suspended after giving patient wrong drug

01:11  03 july  2020
01:11  03 july  2020 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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An Edmonton pharmacist has had her practice permit suspended for 18 months after a tribunal found she purposefully crushed up the wrong drug and gave it to a patient.

An Alberta College of Pharmacy hearing tribunal concluded Shivangi Patel gave a customer 35 mg of Prednisone powder when they were looking for 16 mg of Suboxone powder. She was also found to have lied about the substitution.

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Patel will be restricted from practising for the next year and a half and once she is reinstated she will need to be supervised for a minimum of six months.

“The conduct of Ms. Patel in this situation was very serious and totally unacceptable,” reads the tribunals decision. “This lapse has serious impact on the pharmacy profession and its integrity. Ms. Patel must understand that the Alberta College of Pharmacy cannot tolerate such conduct.”

Patel is also responsible to pay for the costs of the college’s investigation as well as a $10,000 fine. She will not be allowed to be the owner, proprietor, or licensee of a pharmacy for three years after she is reinstated.

The hearing came after a complaint from the owner of the pharmacy where Patel worked launched an investigation.

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The tribunal’s decision says the patient, who is not named, entered the pharmacy for his daily, supervised dose of Suboxone on Saturday, May 25, 2019, just before close at midnight. Patel had already locked the safe where the drug was kept and when the patient arrived she tried to reopen the safe but was unable to.

She then went into the back of the pharmacy and crushed up Prednisone and gave that to the patient. The patient reportedly stated he was being given the wrong drug, first telling Patel and then telling the pharmacy security guard and staff at the front of the store.

Patel then reassured everyone there was no error and the patient left the store.

The college’s following investigation found Patel told her supervisor it was her understanding that no drug error had been made.

Billal Saleem, Patel’s representative at the hearing, argued she was relatively inexperienced at the time and she felt threatened, intimidated and pressured by the patient to give her the drugs. He argued she was not malicious in her intent and she had no prior record of misconduct.

Patel became licensed as an Alberta pharmacist on April 2, 2019.

The tribunal found there was no lasting harm done to the patient because of the change in drugs.



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