Under this new initiative, non-disciplinary citations will be issued for minor pharmacy infractions, such as failure to display current licenses in conspicuous locations or food and / or beverage found in undesignated areas.
Historically, minor pharmacy violations such as these have triggered complete formal disciplinary processes, which are “burdensome for both licensees and IDFPR, and divert attention and resources from more significant matters of public safety,” according to state officials.
IDFPR Secretary Bryan Schneider says streamlining these violations will make for a “faster, smarter and more accountable regulatory experience.” Schneider says it is the Department’s belief that this program will save time and allow the Department to better allocate resources.
“By enacting this change, regulatory burdens for pharmacists will be reduced without any compromise to the high standards patients have come to expect,” says Illinois State Board of Pharmacy Chairperson Yash Patel.
IDFPR’s Pharmacy Citation System Pilot Program began on February 15, 2016 and will operate for a trial period until August 2016.