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Governor Prioritizes Pharmacy Patient Safety; Increases Penalty Amounts for Violations

Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today applauded the Governor’s signature on AB 1533 (Committee on Business and Professions), to extend the sunset date for the California State Board of Pharmacy until January 1, 2026 and update the penalties for practices that threaten patient safety. The following statement may be attributed to Joe Duffle, President, UFCW Local 1167:

“California’s Board of Pharmacy is only as effective as the penalty structure allows. After years of watching corporations laugh off the previous maximum patient-harming conduct fine of $5,000, with AB 1533 the Board can now hold corporations accountable. Increasing the maximum fine will incentivize corporations to change harmful practices like understaffing pharmacies and imposing performance based quotas on pharmacists. We’re proud Governor Newsom stood with California’s pharmacists and put patients first over profits by signing AB 1533 into law. We also want to thank the Business and Professions committee and their chairs Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside) and Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) for ensuring the Board of Pharmacy has increased enforcement ability.”

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October 7, 2021

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