Paterson, Karen

Hearing date: TBA

Summary of Allegations

As a result of a referral by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee, it is alleged that Ms. Paterson, while engaged in the practice of pharmacy at the Shoppers Drug Mart at 125 The Queensway in Etobicoke, Ontario, committed professional misconduct in that she

  • Failed to exercise reasonable professional diligence when she dispensed the wrong medication, namely hydromorphone, to patient [Patient], whose prescription called for hydrocodone

In particular, it is alleged that she

  • Failed to maintain a standard of practice of the profession
  • Contravened the Act, the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, or the regulations under those Acts, and in particular, section 155 of the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.4, as amended
  • Contravened a federal or provincial law or municipal by-law with respect to the distribution, sale or dispensing of any drug or mixture of drugs, and in particular, section C.01.041 of the Food and Drug Regulations, C.R.C., c. 870, as amended
  • 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 or unprofessional

It is further alleged that Ms. Paterson’s professional care of a patient displayed a lack of knowledge, skill or judgment of a nature or to an extent that demonstrates that she is unfit to continue to practise or that her practice should be restricted.