Westbury Pharmacy shut down following Pharmacy Board investigation

A janitor allegedly had access to prescription painkillers, leading to a statewide investigation into its pharmacy’s practices.

From CBS6:

The Virginia Board of Pharmacy has shutdown Westbury Pharmacy’s prescription department. A sign on the West End pharmacy’s door reads the prescription department is temporary [sic] closed. In a statement, Westbury Pharmacy explained the situation.

“Over a year ago it was discovered that a janitor had access our prescription department and stolen substantial amounts of pain medication,” the statement began. “We immediately notified the police. That individual was arrested, pled guilty, and is now in jail. In its investigation, the Board has raised many issues about the operations of our prescription department. We take these issues very seriously.”

Westbury Pharmacy, a staple in the Ridge Shopping Center on Three Chopt Road for decades, says they have taken steps to rectify the way their pharmacy operates and is “shocked” and “dismayed” at the board’s decision. Westbury’s store and deli counter remain open for business.

If you have prescriptions at Westbury Pharmacy, they have been transferred to nearby Westwood Pharmacy at 5823 Patterson Avenue. You can reach them by phone at 804.288.1933.

Read more from CBS6.

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  1. Karen on said:

    They can transfer a prescription to another pharmacy without the patient’s consent?

  2. @Karen – I’m not sure of the policy–my guess is the Pharmacy Board had a hand in the transfer of confidential patient info, but I’ll try to find out.

  3. Karen on said:

    I was just curious, no need to spend a lot of time looking into it. Thanks!

  4. sha on said:

    Yes, prescriptions can be transferred from one facility to another Without pt consent if the Board finds it necessary. Usually when transfers of this scale happen it’s because a pharmacy is closing or being acquired by another and patients are given time to transfer themselves or are made aware of the pharmacy who will be getting the records. in this case the board is investigating whether or not Westbury can safely dispense medications. If the records were not transfered, pts would go without their meds for 4 to 6 weeks while the investigation is underway. Also, patients can request their prescription to be transfered somewhere else if they do not want to go to Westwood.

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