• Background. It may seem bizarre, even surreal, but sometimes people intentionally use medications commonly used in therapy as the means to kill other people. There are medications that originally were obtained from a pharmacy where they were stocked with the intent that they be used in the care of patients. For example, in January 2014, a Tampa, FL man was sentenced to 14 years in prison after he illegally obtained Cytotec from a pharmacy using a forged prescription, and he gave the drug to his girlfriend (he told her it was an antibiotic), resulting in the death of the fetus she was carrying. The pharmacy was sued for negligence because they allegedly provided this "patient" with a bogus prescription label to help him trick his girlfriend. In February 2014, a Johnson City, TN pharmacist was charged with attempted murder after a nurse found him in his wife's hospital room, allegedly attempting to kill the wife by injecting Victoza obtained from stock within his community pharmacy. The charges were later reduced to simple assault. In August 2017, a Feasterville, PA pharmacist allegedly injected her elderly mother with an overdose of insulin to "end the mother's pain and suffering." The pharmacist was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault, neglect of care, and reckless endangerment.
    Program Description. Legal pharmaceutical products stocked in pharmacies are sometimes used criminally by healthcare professionals to kill people. The continuing education series certification program focuses on identifying the zone of risk for people who could be harmed by the intentional criminal use of pharmaceuticals, and the development of best practices to protect patients and others from the harm caused by the illegal use of these products. The program is comprised of 8 one-hour online lectures and 8 one-hour written monographs.

    Program Purpose. Participants in this program will learn how pharmaceutical products under the control of licensed pharmacies, and intended for use in therapy for patients, are used instead by criminals to kill people. A surprisingly large number of healthcare professionals have intentionally killed patients within healthcare settings. Healthcare professionals have also diverted pharmaceuticals from healthcare settings and used them to kill relatives, friends, and acquaintances, outside a healthcare setting. Pharmacies have produced deadly drugs that have killed patients. The focus of the program will be on identifying the threat to people who could be intentionally harmed by pharmaceuticals, and the development of best practices for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, to protect patients and others from the harm that can be caused by beneficial medications that can be used criminally as murder weapons.

    Some important notes to remember regarding the Pharmaceutical Homicide Prevention Specialty Certification:
    • Registration costs $129 for members, $393 for non-members
    • The final certification exam consists of 100 unique multiple choice questions
    • A minimum score of 70% is required to obtain your Certificate of Completion
    • You have only three (3) attempts to pass the final certification exam
    • You may not leave the final certification exam in the middle and return at a later time
    • The final certification exam has no time limit; however, we recommend that you write the answers down in case you lose your Internet connection of get interrupted while taking the exam
    • You will earn continuing education credit as you complete each activity, totaling 16 credits upon final completion of all activities
    • You will have 12 months to complete the specialty certification before it expires from your account


    Pharmaceutical Homicide Prevention