Pharmacy board sanctions Hy-Vee and Walgreens stores

    The Iowa Board of Pharmacy

    The Iowa Board of Pharmacy took the following actions against pharmacy license holders at at its May 5 meeting:

    The Hy-Vee Food & Drug store at 2540 Euclid Ave., Des Moines, entered into a settlement agreement with the the board, which had charged the pharmacy with failing to ensure adequate registration of the pharmacy staff and support staff. This was the second time the store employed a pharmacy technician who was not properly registered with the state, the board alleged. The board issued the store a citation and a warning and imposed a civil penalty of $1,000.

    The Walgreens store at 6200 SE 14th St., Des Moines, entered into a settlement agreement with the board, which had charged the pharmacy with failing to maintain accountability of controlled substances.  The board placed the pharmacy on probation for one year with conditions and imposed a civil penalty of $3,000.

    Pharmacist Margaret Bowen of Council Bluffs entered into a settlement agreement with the board, which had charged her with failure to comply with the terms of a contract with the state’s monitoring program for pharmacy professionals. The program is available to pharmacy professionals who are at risk of being unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety due to an impairment. The board alleged that in December 2018, Bowen signed a contract with the program requiring her to abstain from drugs and alcohol and to participate in a chemical screening program. She subsequently failed, on multiple occasions, to check-in with the chemical screening program or provide samples for screening. On more than one occasion, the board alleged, she tested positive for alcohol, and later she admitted to a relapse. The board issued Bowen a citation and warning and ordered participation with the program before her license can be reactivated.

    Jeannie Collins, a Cedar Rapids dentist, entered into a settlement agreement with the board, which had charged her with failing to maintain an active Controlled Substances Act registration for a period of three and a half years. The board issued a citation and warning and imposed a civil penalty of $1,000.

    Clark Kauffman
    Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.