VANCOUVER, Sept. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - The College of Pharmacists of BC has
ordered the closure of Marigold Compounding and Natural Pharmacy in
Courtenay and a suspension on the registration of its manager, Mr.
Isidore "Rudy" Sanchez, after an investigation revealed serious
concerns with both the pharmacy site and the pharmacy practice
conducted there. The College believes this pharmacy poses a significant
public safety and patient health risk, dispatching an investigations
team to Courtenay that successfully shut down the operations of the
pharmacy this morning.
Some examples of unsafe practices that the College believes pose a risk
to the public include:
Unsterile and generally unclean facilities being used to manufacture a
variety of prescription drugs and over-the-counter health products
without authority to do so. In addition, compounding safety standards
appeared to not have been followed when delivering that service.
Human placenta intended for encapsulation was accepted, handled, and
prepared with little evident regard for safety protocols necessary when
handling human tissue. This service was being offered despite the lack
of a proper facility or the regulatory approval to provide it.
Patients were counselled on alternative drug therapies and products well
outside the scope of pharmacy practice and without notification to the
Documentation was completed and submitted incorrectly to a number of
relevant parties. An incorrect health care record is a serious risk as
improper decisions could be made on the wrong information, putting a
patient's health at risk.
Mr. Sanchez was previously suspended by the College for similar
infractions and served a year and a half suspension. He completed
educational training, paid a fine to the College, and signed an
undertaking to practice pharmacy in accordance with pharmacy standards
and all other federal and provincial legislation. The extraordinary
suspension to Marigold's pharmacy licence and Mr. Sanchez's
registration as a pharmacist will remain in place until such time as
the College's investigation is complete.
The College of Pharmacists of BC is the regulatory body for pharmacy in
British Columbia and is responsible for registering pharmacists and
pharmacy technicians and licensing pharmacies throughout the province.
If you are a patient of Marigold Compounding and Natural Pharmacy:
• Consult your physician if you have used any products from Marigold
Natural Pharmacy and are concerned about your health.
• If you need to have a prescription refilled, please contact your
prescriber to write you a new prescription. You can then attend any
pharmacy of your choice for pharmacy care.
SOURCE: College of Pharmacists of British Columbia
For further information:
Mykle Ludvigsen, Director of Public Accountability and Engagement