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BC pharmacist fined $10K for ignoring investigations

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A BC pharmacist who didn't play ball when being investigated by the regulator has been suspended for a month and fined $10,000.

According to an April 27 College of Pharmacists of BC decision, Dai Wei (David) Wang failed to respond to multiple requests for information from the regulator despite numerous phone calls and emails.

What Wang did to put himself under investigation in the first place isn't mentioned in the decision, but his lack of action in response to the investigation spurred another investigation.

However, Wang then ignored communication from the College regarding that investigation, kick-starting a second investigation as to why he hadn't responded to the first investigation. 

Unsurprisingly, given his past conduct, Wang then didn't bother responding to the College regarding any investigation.

"(Wang) also failed to respond to questions from the College’s Licensure Department regarding pharmacy licensure information, which led to the commencement of a third investigation," the decision reads.

Unsurprisingly, Wang didn't respond to this one either.

"These investigations generated unnecessary expenses for the College," the decision reads.

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The decision says Wang is no longer registered as a pharmacist in BC but doesn't say why or when he quit. 

The decision says the pharmacist finally told the College there were issues affecting his personal life at the time of the investigations.

"(Wang) acknowledged he ought to have advised the College of these issues, and that failing (to) respond to the investigation was unacceptable," the College said in the decision.

"When repeated communication attempts are made by a College investigator it is inappropriate and disrespectful to ignore these inquiries," the decision reads. "College representatives require the cooperation of registrants to carry out their work effectively. This includes providing timely answers to questions posed by investigators."

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The College goes on to say the $10,000 fine and month suspension will serve as a "strong deterrent" to other pharmacists.

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