Businesses and Professions

CHAPTER 5-19.1

SECTION 5-19.1-21

§ 5-19.1-21. Refusal, suspension and revocation of licensees.

The board of pharmacy, with the approval of the director, may deny, suspend, revoke or otherwise discipline the licensee upon proof that:

(1) The license was procured through fraud, misrepresentation or deceit;

(2) The licensee has violated any of the laws of this state or the United States relating to the practice of pharmacy, drugs, controlled substances, cosmetics, or nonprescription drugs, or has violated any of the rules and regulations of the board of pharmacy or has been convicted of a felony;

(3) A court of competent jurisdiction has determined a pharmacist to be mentally incompetent; the pharmacist shall automatically have his or her license suspended by the board upon the entry of the judgment, regardless of the pendency of an appeal;

(4) The licensee has dependence upon controlled substances or habitual drunkenness, or rendering professional services while the licensee is intoxicated or incapacitated by the use of drugs;

(5) The licensee made and/or filed false reports or records;

(6) The licensee's conduct is incompetent, or negligent which shall include, but not be limited to, any departure from or failure to conform to the minimal standards acceptable and prevailing pharmacy practice as determined by the board;

(7) The licensee has been found guilty in another state of conduct, which, if committed in Rhode Island, would constitute grounds to deny, revoke or suspend or otherwise discipline a licensee;

(8) The licensee has violated or permitted the violation of any provision of any state or federal law, rule or regulation governing the possession, use, distribution or dispensing of drugs, including, but not limited to, the violation of any provision of this chapter, chapter 28 of title 21, chapter 31 of title 21, or rule or regulation of the board;

(9) The licensee has knowingly allowed any unlicensed person to take charge of a pharmacy or engage in the practice of pharmacy;

(10) The pharmacist has compounded, dispensed or caused the compounding or dispensing of any drug or device which contains more or less than the equivalent quantity of ingredient or ingredients specified by the person who prescribed such drug or device; provided, that nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the pharmacist from exercising professional judgment in the preparation or providing of such drugs or devices;

(11) The licensee has engaged in unprofessional conduct by failing to maintain the standards of practice or by such other conduct as prescribed in regulation;

(12) On or after July 6, 1993, the board of pharmacy shall refuse to grant any pharmacy license to any individual who is a practitioner authorized to prescribe medications or to any partnership, corporation or other entity in which practitioners authorized to prescribe medications maintain a financial interest which, in the aggregate, exceeds ten percent (10%) of the total ownership of the entity or of the subject pharmacy or drug store;

(13) On or after July 1, 1994, good and sufficient cause shall exist for the refusal to renew and/or for the revocation of any pharmacy license if, after a hearing, the board of pharmacy determines that:

(i) Practitioners with authority to prescribe medications maintain a financial interest which, in the aggregate, exceeds ten percent (10%) of the total ownership of the subject pharmacy, drug store or licensee; or

(ii) More than forty percent (40%) of the prescription filled by the subject pharmacy or drug store within any three (3) month period beginning on or after July 1, 1994, were issued by practitioners with any ownership interest in the subject pharmacy, drug store, or licensee;

(iii) Any other causes as set forth in regulations.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2001, ch. 60, § 2.)