Illinois Pharmacy Citation System made more efficient

Date: 
10/18/2016
Pharmacy

Today, Illinois' Pharmacy Citation System Pilot Program for minor disciplinary infractions transitioned to a permanent initiative, under the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).  

This decision was based on a six-month trail 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 pilot phase, the program issued 86 tickets, resulting in $23,000 in fines.   

“The Pharmacy Citation Program is mutually beneficial for both our licensed pharmacists and our Department,” said Bryan A. Schneider, IDFPR Secretary. “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.” 

Under the new initiative, non-disciplinary citations are issued for minor pharmacy infractions, such as failure to display current licenses in conspicuous locations or for food and/or beverage found in undesignated areas.  

Historically, minor pharmacy violations such as these triggered complete formal disciplinary processes, which were deemed burdensome for both licensees and IDFPR, and diverted attention and resources from more significant matters of public safety.  IDFPR is one of the first regulatory agencies in the United States to implement a pilot program for minor disciplinary infractions. 

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