Rite Aid Pharmacist Gets Suspension, Probation

Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:00 am

Rite Aid Pharmacist Gets Suspension, Probation

Donna Evans

Los Angeles Downtown News

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The former Rite Aid pharmacist accused by California Attorney General Kamala Harris of illegally dispensing tens of thousands of painkillers and anti-anxiety medication pills has had her license suspended for 90 days and will be on probation for five years.

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The disciplinary order from the state Board of Pharmacy follows an investigation into the Rite Aid at 500 S. Broadway and Anne Chung, the previous pharmacist-in-charge. The board filed a 41-page complaint in March accusing Chung and the pharmacy of unprofessional conduct, gross immorality, “clearly excessive furnishing” of controlled substances between 2009 and 2012 and subverting a state investigation.

The quantity of painkillers and anti-anxiety prescriptions that were being dispensed at the pharmacy triggered the curiosity of LAPD Senior Lead Officer Sean Lewis, who contacted a pharmaceutical inspector. The investigation found numerous “abnormalities and discrepancies,” according to the complaint. Virginia Herold, executive officer for the Board of Pharmacy, called the action a “relatively stiff sanction.” It stipulates that, after serving her suspension and during her probation period, if Chung wants to work at a pharmacy she must be supervised by another pharmacist. If she violates her probation at any time, she would lose her license.

Chung would not speak in depth with a reporter who visited her home this month. The Board has yet to determine if the store itself will face any penalties.

donna@downtownnews.com

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