Walgreens to pay $7.5M in settlement over phony pharmacist

Walgreens will pay $7.5 million to settle with California authorities after an employee Kim Thien Le was criminally charged with impersonating a pharmacist and illegally filling more than 745,000 prescriptions. Le has pleaded not guilty to felony impersonation charges.

Walgreens will pay $7.5 million to settle with California authorities after an employee Kim Thien Le was criminally charged with impersonating a pharmacist and illegally filling more than 745,000 prescriptions. Le has pleaded not guilty to felony impersonation charges. Prosecutors said that from late 2006 through 2017, Le used the license numbers of registered pharmacists in order to impersonate them and dispense prescriptions at Walgreens stores in Santa Clara and Alameda counties. The prescriptions allegedly included more than 100,000 for opioids. "The burden is on the company to make sure its employees are properly licensed and to complete a thorough background check," said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley. In a statement Monday, Walgreens said Le has not worked for the company since 2017. "Pharmacy quality and safety are top priorities, and upon learning of this issue, we undertook a re-verification of the licenses of all our pharmacists nationwide," the statement said.