PUTT CALLS OUT FLORIDA BOARD OF PHARMACY FOR NON-COMPLIANCE,POSSIBLE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST; ASKS INCOMING GOVERNOR TO RESTOREORDER WITH NEW APPOINTMENTS
WINSTON-SALEM, NC (January 16, 2019) -- Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency
(PUTT) is calling out the Florida State Board of Pharmacy for non-compliance with Florida law requiring
at least two members to be pharmacists “practicing in a community setting” and for allowing the
participation of two appointees currently serving in executive positions at CVS Health and Walgreens
while their employers are engaged in a lawsuit brought by Florida Attorney General Pam Biondi alleging
exploitative practices that contributed to the nation’s opioid crisis.
“The Board of Pharmacy is responsible for pharmacy compliance, ensuring the safe practice of
pharmacy and care of patients but is not itself compliant according the rules of the State of Florida,” said
PUTT President Scott Newman. “No state can afford to have its pharmacy board operate in a condition
of non-compliance. We’re asking Governor-elect Ron DeSantis to review the current roster of Florida’s
Board of Pharmacy and to restore order and compliance with new appointments.”
Florida law requires the nine-member Board of Pharmacy be composed of 7 pharmacists licensed
in the State of Florida with at least four years’ active engagement in the practice of pharmacy in Florida.
Of the seven, two must be actively practicing pharmacy in a community setting, two must be actively
practicing in a Class II institutional pharmacy (e.g. hospital pharmacy) and the remaining three must be
practicing pharmacists regardless of practice setting.
Currently only one member of the Florida Board of Pharmacy, David Wright, is a practicing
community pharmacist while two other members work in executive positions at CVS Health and
Walgreens. Because both CVS and Walgreens have been named in Attorney General Biondi’s sweeping
lawsuit against opioid makers and distributors for racketeering and engineering an “endless campaign” to
supply Floridians with opioids, PUTT is calling on Governor DeSantis to replace Board members Jeenu
Phillip and Jeffrey Mesaros with appointees whose organizations are free from questions of ethical
violations and possible public harm.