Reflection #1: Leticia Arreola, PharmD Candidate 2020
Christine Acosta, Pharm. D. who is employed by the California Board Of Pharmacy. Her organization is responsible for providing pharmacy licenses, regulation & inspections of: pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, wholesalers, non-resident wholesalers (cardinal, mckesson) pet food animal retailer, hypodermic needle & syringe permits and outsourcers, just to name a few. As far as pharmacists working as pharmacist in charge [pic], the Board of pharmacy will investigate any patient complaints that are not regarding billing or customer service. The board will hold the pic accountable if found at fault, which may include a fine or even revoking of a license. As far as the pic’s routine responsibilities, they are required to notify the board within 15 days, to report drug theft by pharmacy licensed employee. They are also to report cures weekly and on time! She mentions that some pharmacies have it done automatically but the pic must ensure the system is doing it correctly and in a timely manner. I actually did think about working for the board of pharmacy briefly, a few years ago but as life gets busy, I quickly forgot. With Dr. Acosta coming and presenting her career path, I believe it is a worthwhile opportunity to apply to the board of pharmacy but only after working in retail and clinical as Dr. Acosta did. Having that background can really benefit the line of work she is in because she knows first-hand of how a pharmacy operates and should operate. I look forward to applying to the Board of Pharmacy after I have been a pharmacist in the retail and clinical setting as Dr. Acosta.
Reflection #2: Ida Javai Razaz, PharmD Candidate 2020
Dr. Acosta is a supervising inspector for the California Board of Pharmacy. Dr. Acosta firststarted by telling us her background and how she got to where she is today. Dr. Acosta alsotalked to us about what her role as a supervising inspector is. Dr. Acosta became a pharmacist,did research at WesternU, eventually became an inspector for the BOP and is now a supervisinginspector for the BOP. Dr. Acosta told us that the main goal of the BOP is to protect the publicfrom pharmacists and this can go as far as taking away a license from a pharmacist to endurepublic safety. Dr. Acosta mentioned some people that the BOP licenses, which includepharmacies, hospital pharmacies, clinics, wholesalers, drug rooms, probationers, andoutsources. Dr. Acosta mentioned when inspectors have to perform inspections, which includeroutine inspections, new pharmacy inspections, wholesale inspections, change of locations, andas needed inspections. Dr. Acosta also talked to us about outcomes from their investigations,which can be formal or informal. Dr. Acosta also talked about the pharmacist recovery program,which is applied to interns and pharmacists only. Issues involving the recovery program includesubstance abuse, alcohol abuse, physical impairment and mental issues. I never knew the rolesof a BOP inspector and found this talk to be very educational.