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Former Kelowna pharmacist suspended, fined for dispensing narcotics without prescriptions

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September 08, 2020 - 1:15 PM

A Thompson region pharmacist has been fined $3,000 and suspended for four weeks for dispensing narcotics without a prescription.

According to the College of Pharmacists of B.C., this is the second time the pharmacist has been reprimanded for the same offence.

Ashcroft pharmacist Dayton Cliff Sobool entered into a consent order with the College of Pharmacists of B.C., Aug. 31.

The decision says Sobool on seven separate occasions between Sept. 2, 2016, and Feb. 14, 2017, "provided, dispensed or sold" narcotics included in the controlled prescription program without obtaining a written prescription.

The decision also states Sobool, on three separate occasions between Sept. 14, 2016, and Jan. 3, 2017, dispensed medications without obtaining a valid prescription or making a written record of a verbal authorization.

While the decision says the pharmacist is based in Ashcroft, and does not give a location where the offences took place, an earlier College notice of hearing states Sobool was employed as a locum at the Prescription Health Studio in Kelowna when the infractions happened. A notice posted to the College website stated a hearing was set to take place May 27.

"This was the second instance where the registrant was found to have dispensed medication, including narcotics, without a written prescription," the decision says. "The registrant previously provided an undertaking to the College of Pharmacists of B.C not to repeat the conduct and so these further violations were also in breach of that undertaking."

An earlier notice from the College stated the incident took place at the Paragon Mission Centre Pharmacy between July 2007 and November 2010.

"The Inquiry Committee considered this prior history to be a significant aggravating factor in this case," the decision reads.

The decision says Sobool's actions are considered to be significant professional misconduct that justifies a serious penalty.

"The Inquiry Committee, therefore, considered it appropriate that the disposition be one that serves as a strong deterrent and sends a clear message to both the profession and the public that the College does not tolerate this type of conduct," the decision says.

Ultimately, Sobool was fined $1,000, plus $2,000 costs, and suspended for four weeks.

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