Attorney General
Zulima V. Farber
 
Division of Consumer Affairs
Kimberly Ricketts, Director
 
For Immediate Release:
February 23, 2006

For Further Information Contact:
Kara Wood (973) 504-6327

 

Board of Pharmacy Revokes License of Ocean County Pharmacist

NEWARK – The New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy has revoked the license of Toms River pharmacist Barbara Ann Pesciotta because she continued to work as a pharmacist after having surrendered her license in connection with a drug arrest, Attorney General Zulima V. Farber and Consumer Affairs Director Kimberly Ricketts announced today.

In a related matter, the board also suspended the license of Pesciotta’s husband, Roy Thomas, after finding that he illegally dispensed prescription anti-anxiety and pain medications for his own use from the active stock of his employer, Rand’s Pharmacy in Toms River. The prescriptions were not authorized by any physician.

As part of an earlier agreement with the board, Pesciotta surrendered her license in February 2004 following her arrest in Dover Township on charges of driving under the influence and possession of the prescription painkiller Oxycodone, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Under the terms of the agreement, Pesciotta was ordered to cease and desist from engaging in the practice of pharmacy and was prohibited from, among other things, “being present within a prescription filling area of a pharmacy.”

Despite the order, the board received information that Pesciotta had been working between August 2004 and April 2005 at Rand’s Pharmacy in Toms River. During the course of the board’s investigation, Pesciotta presented a false letter to investigators indicating her license had been restored. The board’s investigation allegedly revealed that Pesciotta had obtained the prescription painkiller Percocet through the use of stolen and forged prescription blanks. Percocet is a schedule II controlled dangerous substance that is highly addictive.

“Ms. Pesciotta showed contempt for the board and for laws enacted for the public’s safety,” Director Ricketts said. “The board’s action removes this person from the practice of pharmacy and sends a strong message that the board will do what it must to protect the public.”

As part of the board’s order, Pesciotta is barred from ever applying to have her license restored.


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