A Utah pharmacist surrendered his license on Monday, July 12, 2021, after he admitted to fraudulently distributing COVID-19 vaccination playing cards. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)
HERRIMAN — A Utah pharmacist surrendered his license in a disciplinary hearing with the Utah Division of Occupational and Skilled Licensing soon after he allegedly prepared and dispersed COVID-19 vaccination playing cards with out administering the vaccine.
A stipulation and surrender buy filed with the division on Monday states that Herriman pharmacist Bruce F. Whatcott admitted to assembly with a affected person in June whose employer requested them to be vaccinated given that their place needed vacation.
Whatcott also admitted that he allowed the pharmacy technician to counsel a patient on unconfirmed adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine. The technician advised the “unwilling” affected person that the vaccine could trigger infertility, which Whatcott unsuccessful to correct, in accordance to the buy.
The order states that pursuing the technician’s counseling, Whatcott spoke with the individual off-digital camera. Whatcott is then observed on digital camera leaving the area and entering the pharmacy where he retrieves a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine vial from the fridge. He then received the vial’s amount and geared up a COVID-19 vaccination card with that quantity.
Whatcott did not get ready a syringe or administer the vaccine but gave the client the done vaccination card. The disciplinary buy mentioned that Whatcott admitted to his employer he had offered done COVID-19 vaccination playing cards to a “handful of other folks” when he felt that the individual was “apprehensive” to get the vaccine.
Whatcott defended his steps stating he was providing a hesitant individual “a decision.” The disciplinary get mentioned that his steps ended up damaging to both of those the affected person and some others, putting the client and other people around the client at possibility for contracting COVID-19.
The purchase called Whatcott’s steps a misrepresentation and an unauthorized use of an formal govt agency’s seal. The vaccination cards contain the federal Centers for Condition Control and Prevention seal earning it a federal government variety and misuse of it is a violation of Utah legislation.
Whatcott signed the disciplinary purchase characterizing his actions as “unprofessional” and “unlawful,” in accordance to the division’s purchase. Whatcott, who has been a licensed pharmacist in Utah because 1987, surrendered his license and agreed to pay out a $2,000 wonderful as component of his disciplinary motion.
Whatcott’s steps are not the initially documented fraud in relation to COVID-19. In April, the Utah Department of Wellness acquired reviews of folks reproducing and presenting fraudulent mask exemption cards with Utah’s state seal to organizations and educational facilities.