State Pharmacy Board Continues to Investigate Oakboro Police Chief – The Stanly News & Press
Investigations into the actions of the Oakboro Police Chief regarding a vaccination clinic are continuing for the state agency in charge of pharmacies.
According to Jay Campbell, executive director of the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, the agency’s investigation into the actions of Oakboro Police Chief TJ Smith continues this week.
Campbell said he couldn’t comment further on the Oakboro investigation. (For the background, click here.)
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Campbell said, “pharmacists have provided hundreds of thousands and possibly millions of vaccines to North Carolinians, and have done a tremendous job with it.”
His agency, he said, has received very few complaints about pharmacists and their administration of the vaccine.
“Of those few, most tended to be human errors which luckily turned out to be minor and easily corrected. We haven’t had a lot of complaints or indications that a vendor may be providing vaccination cards to patients who have not actually received a COVID vaccine, ”Campbell said.
If that happened, the director said, it would be “a very serious matter.” Events of this nature would harm patients and their families while also constituting fraud against the federal and state governments for billing payers or providing vaccines that were not provided.
The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, Campbell said, would work in cooperation with other state and federal agencies “which may also have an interest in investigating this type of behavior.”
However, Campbell said his experience with the pandemic overwhelmingly has been that pharmacists have done an incredible job under difficult circumstances. He added that he had no reason to believe that bogus vaccination clinics were a widespread problem.
“My very strong feeling is that this stuff is incredibly rare and isolated. “