Ghobrial, Sameh

Hearing date: June 6, 2018

Summary of Allegations

After a hearing held from November 29 to December 2, 2016, and December 13, 2016, a Panel of the Discipline Committee made findings of professional misconduct against Mr. Ghobrial with respect to the following incidents:

  • On one or more occasions, he offered a gift card to a potential patient, via telephone, in an attempt to have them transfer a prescription (or prescriptions) to Canadian Pharmacy Guelph (or caused, permitted, or gave consent for another individual to do the same)
  • He offered a reduction in dispensing fee to a potential patient, in person, in an attempt to have them fill a prescription (or prescriptions) at Canadian Pharmacy Guelph (or caused, permitted, or gave consent for another individual to do the same)
  • On one or more occasions, he told a potential patient that they would be offered a gift card if they transferred a prescription (or prescriptions) to Canadian Pharmacy Guelph (or caused, permitted, or gave consent for another individual to do the same)
  • He told a potential patient that they would be given free items for transferring a prescription (or prescriptions) to Canadian Pharmacy Guelph (or caused, permitted, or gave consent for another individual to do the same)
  • He attempted to transfer patient prescriptions to Canadian Pharmacy Guelph without patient consent, or caused, permitted, or consented to such an attempt being made
  • He appropriated and used confidential client information for an improper purpose, or caused, permitted, or consented to such appropriation and use
  • He told a potential customer that they would be offered a discount if they transferred a prescription (or prescriptions) to Canadian Pharmacy Guelph (or caused, permitted, or gave consent for another individual to do the same)

In particular, the Panel found that he

  • Failed to maintain a standard of the profession
  • Contacted or communicated with, or caused or permitted someone to contact or communicate with potential patients, in person and/or by phone, in an attempt to solicit business
  • Offered or distributed, directly or indirectly, a gift, rebate, bonus or other inducement with respect to a prescription or prescription services
  • Engaged in conduct or performed an act relevant to the practice of pharmacy that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members of the profession as unprofessional with respect to the following findings:
    • On one or more occasions, he offered a gift card to a potential patient, via telephone, in an attempt to have them transfer a prescription (or prescriptions) to Canadian Pharmacy Guelph (or caused, permitted, or gave consent for another individual to do the same)
    • He offered a reduction in dispensing fee to a potential patient, in person, in an attempt to have them fill a prescription (or prescriptions) at Canadian Pharmacy Guelph (or caused, permitted, or gave consent for another individual to do the same)
    • On one or more occasions, he told a potential patient that they would be offered a gift card if they transferred a prescription (or prescriptions) to Canadian Pharmacy Guelph (or caused, permitted, or gave consent for another individual to do the same)
    • He told a potential patient that they would be given free items for transferring a prescription (or prescriptions) to Canadian Pharmacy Guelph (or caused, permitted, or gave consent for another individual to do the same)
    • He attempted to transfer patient prescriptions to Canadian Pharmacy Guelph without patient consent, or caused, permitted, or consented to such an attempt being made
    • He told a potential customer that they would be offered a discount if they transferred a prescription (or prescriptions) to Canadian Pharmacy Guelph (or caused, permitted, or gave consent for another individual to do the same)
  • Engaged in conduct or performed an act relevant to the practice of pharmacy that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members of the profession as disgraceful, dishonourable and unprofessional with respect to the following finding:
    • He appropriated and used confidential client information for an improper purpose, or caused, permitted, or consented to such appropriation and use

The hearing with respect to Order will continue on June 6, 2018.