1. Nature of Action: ​The Inquiry Committee of the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia (“CPBC”) conducted an investigation into the practice of Laurent Roy (the “Registrant”), pursuant to section 33(4) of the Health Professions Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 183. The Inquiry Committee and the Registrant have agreed to resolve all matters arising from the investigation by way of a Consent Agreement under section 36(1) of the Health Professions Act.

  2. Effective date: August 24, 2020

  3. Name of registrant: Laurent Pierre Roy

  4. Location of Practice: Salmon Arm, BC

  5. Admissions and Acknowledgements:

    Between at least 2011 and 2018, the Registrant purchased pharmacy supplies, including prescription medications, from a hospital employee for cash. The hospital alleged the hospital employee diverted the supplies from the hospital.

    Evidence in the form of communication suggested the Registrant was aware of the diverted nature of the supplies he purchased, and that some of the cash he paid for the supplies to the hospital employee were diverted away from hospital accounts. The Registrant may have benefited financially by purchasing the supplies from the hospital employee and then reselling the supplies from his pharmacy.

  6. Disposition:

    The Registrant entered into a Consent Agreement with the Inquiry Committee, wherein the Registrant consented to terms that include (but are not limited to) the following:

    1. To suspend his registration as a pharmacist for a total of 365 days from August 24, 2020 to August 24, 2021;

    2. To not be pharmacy manager, director or officer of a pharmacy for a period of three (3) years from August 25, 2021 to August 24, 2024;
    3. To not be a preceptor or supervisor of pharmacy students or international pharmacy graduates for a period of three (3) years from August 25, 2021 to August 24, 2024;
    4. To complete and successfully pass an ethics course for healthcare professionals;

    5. To complete and successfully pass the CPBC’s Jurisprudence Exam;

    6. To have a letter of reprimand placed on CPBC’s register indefinitely; and

    7. To pay a fine of $25,000.

  7. Rationale:

    The Inquiry Committee considered that in this case, the Registrant repeatedly made purchases from the hospital employee over a prolonged period. The Registrant was likely aware of the nature of the supplies he was purchasing. The Inquiry Committee determined that the Registrant’s decision to continue making purchases was likely based on financial gain, and this indicated a pattern of poor judgement. His actions were a serious contravention of standards in the Code of Ethics and compromised the public’s trust in the pharmacy profession.

    The Inquiry Committee therefore determined that the Registrant required serious remediation and deterrence regarding his conduct. The Inquiry Committee considered the terms of the Consent Agreement appropriate to protect the public, as well as send a clear message of deterrence to the profession.

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Date of Dispositions: 
Monday, August 24, 2020