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Kelowna pharmacist accused of dispensing drugs without prescriptions

This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills.
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A Kelowna druggist is being accused by the B.C. College of Pharmacists of dispensing narcotics without a valid prescription.

Dayton Cliff Sobool will schedule an upcoming hearing with the college May 27 in Vancouver. Once the date is set, evidence for both sides will be presented.

In a notice posted to its website, the college says that Sobool was employed at Prescription Health Studio in Kelowna between August 2016 and March 2017 when the alleged incidents occurred.

The college received a complaint from the owner of the pharmacy alleging that Sobool was diverting medication and had missed the required documentation concerning 11 different prescriptions, reads the document announcing the upcoming hearing.

Based on its investigation the college says it found seven separate occasions between Sept. 2, 2016, and Oct. 7 2017, where Sobool allegedly provided, dispensed or sold narcotics included in the controlled prescription program without first abstaining a valid written prescription. Those narcotics were oxycodone, Hydromorphone, Supeudol and Dilaudid.

On three occasions between Sept. 14, 2016, and Jan. 3, 2017 the college alleges he dispensed Ativan and Apo-Diazepam without obtaining a valid prescription or making a written record of verbal authorization.

The details of these incidents are not included in the college document but will be examined in further detail at the hearing, when witnesses and supporting evidence will be presented.

It’s not the first time that Sobool has been in the crosshairs of the college and the last time he was admitted to the lapse of professionalism and took courses to address the issues identified.

The previous investigation was for the period between July 24, 2007 and Nov. 20 2010, when he was employed as a pharmacist and pharmacy manager at Paragon Mission Centre Pharmacy. On January 2011, the college received a complaint from the director of pharmacy operations, informing it of issues with narcotic inventory management, prescription documentation and dispensing.

The college investigation corroborated concerns about inventory management, dispensing medications without physician authorization, dispensing one or both of narcotics or controlled drugs without the approved prescription form and without obtaining the signature of the patient or the patient's representative.

On July 19, 2011 to resolve the paragon complaint, he executed a letter of undertaking and agreed to take the methadone maintenance treatment training session, took a course on the college's Code of Ethics, provide the college documentation of narcotic count and reconciliation every three months. He also said he would allow for his business to be inspected for the 12 months that followed signing a letter of understanding.

This story was originally published May 22.

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