Franklin County pharmacy technician suspended due to diverting controlled substances

For immediate release: March 4, 2024   (24-025)

Contact: DOH Communications

OLYMPIA – The Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission suspended the Franklin County pharmacy technician license of Elizabeth Marie Quintero (VA60385184) pending further legal action.

Charges state, following an internal investigation by the pharmacy, Quintero admitted to her employer she had diverted 1,000 tablets of hydrocodone and oxycodone for pain due to auto accident injuries. Quintero’s employment was terminated. Quintero has been charged with theft in Pasco Municipal Court.

Quintero cannot practice in Washington until the charges are resolved. She has 20 days to respond to the charges and request a hearing.

The legal documents on this case can be seen online by clicking the link on Provider Credential Search on the Department of Health website; copies can be requested by calling 360-236-4700. Anyone who believes a health care provider acted unprofessionally is encouraged to call this number and report their complaint.

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