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Monday, July 4, 2011 - 3:32am

Pharmacists Face More Scrutiny

Updated: 3 years ago.
A bill allowing the Georgia Board of Pharmacy to conduct physical and mental evaluations of pharmacists is now state law. The Board of Pharmacy will also have more authority to investigate license applicants. (Photo Courtesy of zacharmstrong via Flickr.)

A bill allowing the Georgia Board of Pharmacy to conduct physical and mental evaluations of pharmacists is now state law.

“A lot of times, the board is faced with a situation where they have older pharmacists who may have slipped mentally,” said state Senator Buddy Carter, who is a pharmacist. “In order to make certain they are still capable of performing pharmacy safely, then what they do is go ahead and perform these mental evaluations.”

The Board of Pharmacy will also have more authority to investigate license applicants.

Georgia currently has a shortage of pharmacists.