BC pharmacist on hook $15,000 for not giving Tang with opioids | iNFOnews | Thompson-Okanagan's News Source
Subscribe

Would you like to subscribe to our newsletter?

Current Conditions Partly Cloudy  1.1°C

Vernon News

BC pharmacist on hook $15,000 for not giving Tang with opioids

Image Credit: Shutterstock

A B.C. pharmacist who let a colleague take their opioid treatment in water instead of Tang is on the hook for $15,000.

According to an April 27 College of Pharmacists of BC decision, Nanaimo pharmacist Farah Shafikali Kassam hired a former client who had a prescription for an Opioid Agonist Treatment.

The decision says Kassam gave the client a job and allowed her "special treatment" when it came to her opioid prescription.

While the client worked at the pharmacy, she allowed the unnamed employee to have her opioid treatment in water instead of the sugary soft drink Tang.

This goes against opioid treatment dispensing guidelines and went on for about one year.

READ MORE: BC massage therapist suspended for being late for appointment

The medical records were also recorded inaccurately because they continued to record that the opioid had been dispensed with Tang when it had not.

Somewhere along the way, Kassam fired the employee who then complained to the regulator about what had been happening.

While Kassam signed a consent agreement with the regulator and admitted to what had gone on, she said the employee had only reported her in "retaliation" for being fired.

She said she'd been taken advantage of and "set up" by the employee.

The College said in no way was this a mitigating factor and regardless she'd failed to comply with the legislative and ethical standards required.

READ MORE: Two Salmon Arm pharmacists charged with fraud in drugs theft

"The hiring of the complainant, who continued to be a patient, created a dual relationship and the potential for ethical concerns," the decision reads.

Separately, the regulator also found that the pharmacist had "increased a privacy risk" by letting the employee take home confidential personal health records of patients so so she could work at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The College considered that (Kassam) fundamentally failed to meet legislative requirements, exercise appropriate professional judgment, uphold ethical responsibilities, or fulfil her role as a pharmacy manager and registrant of the College," the regulator says.

The College issued Kassam a $5,000 fine plus $10,000 in costs. She will also have to take an opioid addiction treatment support program and write a summary "of substantive quality" as to what went on and what changes have been made in her practice in light of the investigation.

READ MORE: Kootenay pharmacist who pilfered narcotics gets suspended

She will also not be able to act as a pharmacy manager for one year or take on any students.

— This story was corrected at 10:48 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2023, to clarify that Kassam did not allow the unnamed employee to fill her own opioid prescription.


To contact a reporter for this story, email Ben Bulmer or call (250) 309-5230 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above. 

News from © iNFOnews, 2023
iNFOnews

  • Popular kamloops News
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile