Outrage among new pharmacists after cheating scandal upends licensing exam results

California officials have invalidated more than 1,000 pharmacists' test scores because of cheating on a state exam, a move that has caused an uproar among pharmacists who say they have lost wages and job opportunities as a result.

California officials have invalidated more than 1,000 pharmacists' test scores because of cheating on a state exam, a move that has caused an uproar among pharmacists who say they have lost wages and job opportunities as a result. The California State Board of Pharmacy on Wednesday said it had determined that more than 100 questions from the state licensing exam had been leaked online. Anyone who had taken the exam since July will have to retake it—a decision that affects approximately 1,400 people, board spokesman Bob Davila said. "We are fully aware of how destructive it’s been for them, but we're a consumer protection agency," Davila said. "We want to make sure that anyone who does get a license in California is in fact competent to take care of California patients." Some pharmacists are contacting their legislators, threatening lawsuits, signing petitions, and planning protests, hoping the board will reverse its decision and release the exam scores. Pharmacists "are buttoned up. They're very cautious, they're very conservative in their approach to life and their profession, and they take it very seriously," said Jon Roth, head of the California Pharmacists Association, adding that pharmacists seem particularly unlikely to have masterminded a cheating plot. "I don't see this mass underground of cheating pharmacy students on the state exam."