THE Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has expressed concern at a recent General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) case that resulted in the striking off of a pharmacy technician.
The Fitness to Practice Committee found that Angela Veres’ fitness to practise was impaired by reason of misconduct. It was alleged that between 2015 and 2016, on nine occasions she interfered with dispensed medication by removing medication that had been correctly dispensed, and was ready to be checked by a pharmacist, and substituting it for the wrong medication.
Mark Pitt, director of defence services at the PDA told Pharmacy in Practice: “This case is extremely concerning and strikes at the heart of the trusting relationship between pharmacists and technicians. It is unclear how the technician gained registration with the GPhC and this case should trigger an urgent investigation by the regulator.
“Patients, pharmacists and other technicians were placed at great risk by what can only be described as deliberate criminal conduct by this technician.
“The PDA has supported pharmacists who are in an employment dispute with pharmacy technicians and fear this type of deliberate tampering with assembled medicines to get them into trouble.
“The Fitness to Practise Committee were critical of the company involved for not giving the issue the attention it deserves and being slow to respond. Our advice to members who believe this may be happening is to involve the pharmacy superintendent immediately and consider involving the police.”
For full details of the case, see the GPhC website.