California Pharmacy License Defense Attorney

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Unlock Legal represents pharmacists, interns, and pharmacy technicians who have issues with their license or with the Board of Pharmacy (BOP).

Whatever your concern, Unlock Legal can help you. We are experienced professional license defense lawyers.  We’re the experts in defending professionals and protecting their licenses. If your license is in jeopardy for any reason, contact us immediately for a free consultation.

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Why You Need a Pharmacy License Defense Lawyer

When you sought out your pharmacy license you were following your passion. It is our passion to keep you doing what you want to do with your career and your life. Becoming a licensed pharmacist is a rewarding pursuit that requires an immense investment in terms of education and career building, dedication, and focus – all in the face of considerable demands and job-related stress.

If the license and career you’ve poured your heart and soul into acquiring are now hanging in the balance – as you face either a Board license investigation, criminal charge, or accusation – you should not wait to consult with an experienced California pharmacy license defense attorney.

The California State Board of Pharmacy

The California State Board of Pharmacy is the regulatory agency that licenses and regulates all the following:

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacies
  • Pharmacy techs
  • Pharmacy wholesalers, distributors, and manufacturers of drugs and medical devices

There are exacting state and federal laws in place that are intended to ensure the public’s health and safety through quality pharmacy care and medically appropriate pharmaceutical usage. 

Pharmacy License Applications, Denials and Statement of Issues

Applying for your license is exciting because it is one of the last hurdles before you can begin your career. For many the application process with the BOP is straightforward and simple. However, for some, past criminal convictions or other issues can lock them up. The attorneys at Unlock Legal will complete and file your application on your behalf to make sure that you have the best chance of having it granted. If you have submitted your application and it has been denied, you are not locked out of your career. A denial of your application is called a Statement of Issues. We will defend you to the BOP with the intention that you are granted your license free and clear. If you must be on probation, we will negotiate the best possible terms and conditions. A part of your defense may be cleaning up any past criminal issues to show your rehabilitation to the licensing body.

The Board of Pharmacy Investigative Process

The Board’s enforcement procedures can be triggered by any of the following:

  • A complaint that is initiated by a consumer, another pharmacist, an anonymous party, or any concerned person or entity
  • Notice of a disciplinary action in another state or related to another professional license
  • Notice of a criminal arrest, charge, or conviction
  • Failure to meet continuing education requirements
  • Continuing education was not accepted by the board
  • Accused of continuing education fraud

The attorneys at Unlock Legal will request a copy of the complaint, assist you in preparation of any statement, prepare you for the investigation interview, and represent you at the interview with the investigator. It is important to have experienced counsel with you at an investigation interview to assist you in answering any questions appropriately, and advising you when not to speak. With the right advice and counsel an investigation may end at the interview stage. If not, your licensing body may choose to file a formal complaint against you called an Accusation.

The Pharmacist License Investigation Interview

You will be notified of any investigation by a letter, a phone call, a records request, a subpoena, or even a visit from an investigator. The primary point to keep in mind is that the involved investigators are skilled, have considerable expertise in the field, and are good at what they do. Do not be fooled by an investigator’s friendly demeanor and seeming compassion; he or she has a job to do and has the power to execute a warrant against you or even to arrest you. Without a seasoned pharmacy license defense attorney on your side, your rights, your license, and your livelihood could all be at stake.   

Board of Pharmacy Formal Accusations

If the Board proceeds, it will file a formal accusation against you that outlines the allegations and charges it is pursuing, and these accusations will be published on its website. You have the right to request a hearing in which to dispute the accusations against you, but your window of opportunity for doing so is only 15 days after receipt of notification (at which point, your rights will be considered waived – and the Board will be free to take whatever actions it deems appropriate).  

Petition for Reinstatement of License or Reduction of Penalties

If you have lost your license you are not locked out of the career of your choice. After a certain amount of time you are eligible to ask the BOP to grant your license again. In addition, you can generally request that the terms and conditions of probation be modified or terminated early. The legal team at Unlock Legal has filed petitions for reinstatement for many clients who made one mistake, and who have paid the price. We love to demonstrateAn Experienced California Pharmacy License Defense Attorney Is on Your Side 

If the California State Board of Pharmacy is investigating you, the practiced California pharmacy license defense attorneys at Unlock Legal are well prepared and well-positioned to zealously advocate for your case’s most advantageous outcome. Learn more by contacting or calling us at 949-988-4444 today. 

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