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.