Who can be held responsible for a medication error by the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy?

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There are a number of people who could be held liable for your medications error—especially if those responsible did not have permission to practice from the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy. 

Under state law, all pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy locations must be certified by the state of Kentucky. This means pharmacy buildings must have a permit, pharmacists must be licensed, and pharmacy techs must be registered in order to dispense medications to the public. 

According to the Board, all three entities must be properly licensed in the following ways: 

  • Pharmacies. No person in the state may use or exhibit the title of “drug,” “drug store,” “pharmacy” or “apothecary,” or any other name or description that signifies a pharmacy in any advertisement, sign, or telephone directory listing unless the facility has been issued a permit by the board.
  • Pharmacists. No person can call himself a “pharmacist,” “registered pharmacist,” “licensed pharmacist,” “druggist,” use the initials “R.Ph.” in his title, or use any terms which imply that he is a pharmacist unless he is licensed under the provisions of Chapter 315 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes.
  • Pharmacy technicians. As of April 1, 2009, no person in the state may call himself (or use the title of) “pharmacy technician” unless that person is registered under Kentucky Revised Statutes 315.136 or 315.138. 

These regulations are meant to keep the public safe by preventing unlicensed persons from dispensing medicine. However, even licensed pharmacists and staff can make a Louisville prescription mistake that can harm you or your family.

For more information on medication mistakes, call the attorneys at Gray and White today at (800) 634-8767 for a FREE legal consultation.