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Texas State Board of Pharmacy Revokes Pharmacy Technician’s License

Galvin B. Kennedy
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Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing personal injury, pharmacy error, and overtime law
Posted on Dec 19, 2013

Many of us get prescriptions filled at our local pharmacies and may even know the pharmacist’s name and the name of the pharmacy tech. This is why it often surprises customers to find out that their local pharmacist or pharmacy technician has been disciplined by the State Board of Pharmacy. However, pharmacy staff members are humans and can make huge mistakes or commit crimes, and they need to be disciplined for their actions.

Sometimes disciplinary actions against a pharmacy employee can involve a fine, license suspension—and in extreme cases—license revocation. This is exactly the path that the Texas State Board of Pharmacy took against a pharmacy technician, revoking a tech’s license.

According to reports, Kristal McKown, a pharmacy tech at Forney’s CVS Pharmacy, was involved in an accident in which she crashed her car into a home. After a police investigation, McKown was charged for driving while intoxicated with a child under 15 years of age and possession of a controlled substance. Police found the following prescription drugs at the time of McKown’s arrest including:

  • Zolpidem
  • Alprazolam
  • Hydrocodone
  • Phentermine

McKown admitted to CVS that she “took without authorization and unlawfully possessed…” these drugs for her personal use. As a result, McKown is no longer employed by CVS Pharmacy.

After the Texas State Board of Pharmacy investigated McKown’s DWI charges and pill theft, they determined that McKown has “developed an incapacity that prevents her from practicing as a pharmacy technician trainee with reasonable skill, competence, and safety to the public.” The board revoked her pharmacy tech license, which means she will not be able to practice as a pharmacy technician or trainee in the state of Texas. Additionally, they are requiring her to surrender any renewal certificate and personal identification cards.

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