First prosecution of pharmacist for practising whilst suspended from the register


The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has successfully brought a prosecution against a pharmacist for practising whilst suspended from the register. This is the first time the GPhC has brought such a prosecution against a pharmacist for this offence.


Mark Robert Taylor (registration number 2039228) was convicted of an offence under S38(4) of the Pharmacy Order 2010 at Tower Bridge Magistrates Court on 9 January 2012 and fined £1,750 plus costs (1).


The GPhC’s Fitness to Practise Committee had suspended Mr Taylor’s registration on 9 June 2011 for six months, after a number of allegations were found proved during a hearing.  These allegations included accessing the controlled drugs cabinet when not on duty and without authorisation and demonstrating unprofessional and threatening behaviour to a colleague.


A GPhC Inspector conducting a routine inspection of a pharmacy on 14 July 2011 found that Mr Taylor had unlawfully been working there during his period of suspension.  


Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC, said: 


“This conviction sends a clear message that there are serious consequences if someone tries to work as a pharmacist when they are not registered to practise.


“Patients and the public can have confidence that we will take decisive action to prevent anyone from practising as a pharmacist if they do not meet the high standards of conduct, ethics and performance necessary to hold registration.”  


Mr Taylor remains suspended from the register and the matter will now be brought back before a Fitness to Practise Committee.