Oregon Board of Pharmacy FAILS to hold pharmacies accountable for errors

Section 1 of ORS 431.964 requires pharmacies to report controlled substance prescriptions to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Among the required information to report is “the identity of the practitioner who prescribed the prescription drug.” I report errors in the PDMP when I find them, and I have found many over the years. Here’s an example: I prescribed and the patient filled a prescription of Norco on 5-14-18 at the Sempert’s Drug store. The pharmacy reported it incorrectly to the PDMP. It labeled the prescriber as “Dr. G. Lombardi,” not me who actually wrote it! The pharmacy was notified on June 13, 2018 and July 12, 2018 and August 9, 2018 that it was STILL NOT CORRECTED. The Oregon Board of Pharmacy was also notified on August 9, 2018 of this major error. Guess what? As of today, February 22, 2019, over 9 months later, it STILL IS NOT CORRECTED! I guess pharmacies get protected rather than disciplined for their illegal acts.

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