Pharmacy Citation pilot program becomes permanent

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) says a pilot program aimed at saving time and resources for pharmacists and IDFPR staff has now transitioned to a permanent initiative.

IDFPR’s Pharmacy Citation System Pilot Program will now be a permanent program as of Monday, October 17.

IDFPR launched the six-month program back in February to remove minor pharmacy violations from the Department’s formal disciplinary process, saving time and resources for both licensed pharmacists and IDFPR staff. During the six-month pilot phase, the program issued 86 tickets, resulting in $23,000 in fines.

IDFPR Secretary, Bryan Schneider says the program benefits both pharmacists and the Department.

 “Through its creation, we have been able to reduce regulatory burdens without compromise to patient care. This streamlined approach also affords our investigators increased time in the field on more substantive matters that pose a greater risk to the health, safety and welfare of the public,” Schneider explains.

Under the new program, non-disciplinary citations are issued for minor infractions, such as failure to display current licenses in conspicuous locations. In the past, these minor violations triggered formal disciplinary processes that were burdensome to licensees and IDFPR.

“The program ensures all pharmacy staff are aware of their surroundings, allowing us to stay compliant while saving our pharmacies time and money in attorney fees,” says Harish Bhatt, President of the Association of Indiana Pharmacists in America.

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