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Pharmacist Registrant 24 (Feb 12, 2016)
(MARCH 16, 2016 - REGISTRATION REINSTATED)

The Inquiry Committee, pursuant to section 36 of the Health Professions Act, has reached an agreement with the pharmacist registrant to voluntarily suspend the registration as a pharmacist effective February 12, 2016. The agreement remains in effect until further notice. The Inquiry Committee considers the agreement necessary to protect the public. The pharmacist registrant's name has been withheld pursuant to section 39.3(4) of the Health Professions Act.

Singh, Amarjit Kaur (Jan 19, 2016)
(May 25, 2016 - Limits and Conditions removed)

The Inquiry Committee, pursuant to s. 35(1)(a) of the Health Professions Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 183, for the purposes of public protection, has imposed the following limits and conditions on the practice of registrant Amarjit Kaur Singh, pending completion of an investigation:

  1. Upon receiving notice of this order, Ms. Singh will make arrangements to meet with the Deputy Registrar to thoroughly discuss the roles and responsibilities of a pharmacy manager, director, and owner.

  2. If Ms. Singh accepts an appointment to be a pharmacy manager, director, and owner anywhere other than Downtown Pharmacy, she must give written notification to the College and meet with the Deputy Registrar within two weeks of such appointment.

The limits and conditions imposed by the Inquiry Committee on September 9, 2015 have now been lifted and replaced with the above limits and conditions.

The registrant was the pharmacy manager and director of Downtown Pharmacy, and did not fulfill the responsibilities of a pharmacy manager and director to operate a pharmacy that met legislative and practice standards. She allowed the pharmacy premises, where medications are prepared and dispensed, to become an unsafe and unhygienic environment, causing harm or potential harm to the public.

Sands, Ian Colin (Dec 15, 2015)
(June 15, 2016 - Limits and conditions removed)

Ian Colin Sands has completed a term of suspension which ended on December 15, 2015, and his registration as a pharmacist has been reinstated as of December 16, 2015.  Upon reinstatement from suspension, Mr. Sands is prohibited from acting as a pharmacy manager until June 15, 2016. 

Pharmacist Registrant 18 (Nov 9, 2015)
(February 27, 2016 - Limits and Conditions Removed)

The Inquiry Committee, pursuant to Section 36 of the Health Professions Act, has reached an agreement with the pharmacist registrant to amend the following term in the Consent Agreement dated February 27, 2014:

  1. Being restricted from the following roles in his practice:
    1. an owner or manager of a pharmacy;

The term will now read as follows:

  1. Being restricted from the following roles in his practice:
    1. an owner of a pharmacy;

The remainder of the terms in the Consent Agreement are in effect until further notice. The pharmacist registrant’s name has been withheld in accordance with section 39.3 (4) (a) of the Health Professions Act.

De Guia, Aldwin Ramirez (Oct 17, 2015)

Aldwin De Guia has satisfied the terms of an agreement reached with the Inquiry Committee dated October 16, 2013.  Limits and conditions on Mr. De Guia’s registration as a pharmacist have now been removed.  

Laal, Ali (Alejandro Farris and Alejandro Fernadez) Ashgar (Sep 21, 2015)

(known to use the following aliases: Alejandro Farris, Alejandro Fernandez, Jensen Farris, Alistair Farris, J. Alistair Lail)

On June 26, 2013, a panel of the Discipline Committee found, pursuant to section 39(1)(c) of the Health Professions Act, Ali Asghar Laal (the “Registrant”) guilty of professional misconduct for having inappropriate personal relationships with two patients, one of which included having sexual relations, and keeping a loaded handgun hidden in the licensed pharmacy of which he was the owner and pharmacy manager. The Discipline Panel also found breach of various bylaws and practice standards in the Registrant’s practice. 

On September 6, 2013, the Discipline Panel reconvened to consider the penalty and determined that it would be in the interest of public safety to cancel the Registrant’s licence. 

Notwithstanding cancellation of his licence, the Registrant continued to hold himself out as a pharmacist and engaged in unauthorized practice at a pharmacy located in the Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver, B.C.   On November 29, 2013, the College of Pharmacists of B.C. (the “College”) brought an application for permanent injunction against the Registrant.  The Registrant attended the hearing with counsel, sought an adjournment and consented to an order (the “Injunction Order”) restraining the Registrant from using titles reserved for the pharmacy profession and practising the health profession of pharmacy in B.C., among other relief.  The Injunction Order was entered in the Registry of the Supreme Court of British Columbia on November 29, 2013.  

Notwithstanding the Injunction Order, the Registrant continued to hold himself out as a pharmacist and engaged in unauthorized practice at another pharmacy in Burnaby, B.C.  On September 21, 2015, the College brought a contempt application against the Registrant.  The Court found that the Registrant was in contempt of the Injunction Order and as a result, issued an order (the “Contempt Order”) placing the Registrant on a conditional sentence for 3 months and restricting him from employment in any pharmacy in any capacity, among other terms. The Contempt Order was entered in the Registry of the Supreme Court of British Columbia on September 21, 2015. 

Pharmacist Registrant 15 (Sep 18, 2015)
(July 15, 2016 – Limits and conditions removed)

The Inquiry Committee, pursuant to Section 36 of the Health Professions Act, has reached an agreement with the pharmacist registrant to amend the terms in the Consent Agreement dated July 9, 2013, such that certain limits and conditions were lifted. The registrant will still be subject to the remaining limits and conditions. The pharmacist registrant's name has been withheld pursuant to 39.3(4) of the Health Professions Act.

Downtown Pharmacy (Sep 9, 2015)

Pharmacy:

Pursuant to s. 20(3) of the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act, S.B.C. 2003, c. 77 and s. 35(1)(b) of the Health Professions Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 183, the Inquiry Committee made an extraordinary order to suspend the pharmacy license of Downtown Pharmacy, located at 348 Powell Street in Vancouver, pending completion of an investigation. This order is effective September 9, 2015 and was made in the interest of public safety following an inspection of the pharmacy by College inspectors, which raised serious concerns with respect to unhygienic conditions of the pharmacy, and the suitability of the premises to continue operating as a pharmacy. Examples of such conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Dirty, graffiti-filled exterior (window, walls, door) of the pharmacy
  • Dirty and dilapidated interior walls, fixtures, flooring, ceiling tiles, and furniture – appearance of stains, cobwebs, dust, and peeling paint
  • Mould and dirt found on the walls, fixtures, and inside of cupboards holding dispensing equipment such as graduated cylinders
  • Mouse bait traps and fecal matter found within dispensary and storage area
  • Old and moldy food products, such as an open package of “Pancake Mix” found in a cupboard above the dispensary sink

The suspension will be effective as of September 9, 2015 and will continue until further notice. 

Pharmacy manager:

The Inquiry Committee, pursuant to s. 35(1)(a) of the Health Professions Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 183, for the purposes of public protection, has imposed limits and conditions on the practice of registrant Amarjit Kaur Singh, in that she may not be a pharmacy manager, director, or owner effective September 16, 2015, pending completion of an investigation.

The registrant was the pharmacy manager and director of Downtown Pharmacy, and did not fulfill the responsibilities of a pharmacy manager and director to operate a pharmacy that met legislative and practice standards. She allowed the pharmacy premises, where medications are prepared and dispensed, to become an unsafe and unhygienic environment, causing harm or potential harm to the public.

Singh, Amarjit Kaur (Sep 9, 2015)
(Jan 19, 2016 - Limits and Conditions Revised)

The Inquiry Committee, pursuant to s. 35(1)(a) of the Health Professions Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 183, for the purposes of public protection, has imposed limits and conditions on the practice of registrant Amarjit Kaur Singh, in that she may not be a pharmacy manager, director, or owner effective September 16, 2015, pending completion of an investigation.

The registrant was the pharmacy manager and director of Downtown Pharmacy, and did not fulfill the responsibilities of a pharmacy manager and director to operate a pharmacy that met legislative and practice standards. She allowed the pharmacy premises, where medications are prepared and dispensed, to become an unsafe and unhygienic environment, causing harm or potential harm to the public.

Tung, Yee Kwok Henry (Sep 9, 2015)

Pursuant to section 36 of the Health Professions Act, the Inquiry Committee has reached a Consent Agreement with Mr. Yee Kwok Henry Tung, effective September 9, 2015. This was the result of an investigation of Mr. Tung, pharmacy manager, in which he did not properly witness a Patient ingest the methadone in accordance with expected professional practice standards and policies. The investigation also identified Mr. Tung’s non-compliance with other professional practice standards and guidelines as they pertained to dispensing methadone and potentially placed patients at risk of harm. 

The Inquiry Committee considered this to be a serious matter under the Health Professions Act, and as such is published pursuant to section 39.3 of the Act.

Mr. Tung understands the seriousness of his actions in this matter and he has agreed to the following:

  1. That he will no longer dispense methadone as part of patients’ methadone maintenance treatment program.
  2. That if at any time in the future he wishes to dispense methadone as part of methadone maintenance treatment  program, he must receive approval from the College after meeting very specific requirements to dispense methadone.
  3. That he will review relevant legislative framework documents that include Health Professions Act, (“HPA”), Bylaws, Schedule F, Part 1, Community Pharmacy Standards of Practice, in its entirety; and Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act, Bylaws, section 21 – Data Collection, Transmission of and Access to PharmaNet Data; and submit a Declaration of Understanding to the Complaints Resolution Officer that confirms his understanding and future compliance.

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