Skagit County pharmacist suspended due to diverting controlled substances

For immediate release: January 15, 2016                                         (16-005)

Contact:          Sharon Moysiuk, Communications Office                 360-236-4074

Skagit County pharmacist suspended due to diverting controlled substances

OLYMPIA -- The Pharmacy Commission has immediately suspended the credential of Skagit County pharmacist Jennifer Nguyen (PH60457541) pending further legal action. She faces 15 felony charges in Skagit County Superior Court.

Charges say she diverted controlled substances and worked as a pharmacist for Rite Aid and Safeway while impaired. She has 20 days to request a hearing to contest these charges and cannot practice as a pharmacist until the charges are resolved.

The documents for this case are available online by clicking the link to “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 that number to report their complaint.

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