Ohio Pharmacist Loses Michigan License

Contact: James McCurtis Jr. (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

August 12, 2009

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has immediately suspended the pharmacist license of Bruce A. Thomas, R.Ph., based on his felony convictions. Thomas failed to report his convictions to MDCH as required by the Public Health Code.

On Feb. 11, 2009, in the Court of Common Pleas, Stark County, Ohio, Thomas was convicted of three felony counts of trafficking in drugs and one felony count of illegal processing of drug documents. The convictions were based, in part, on Thomas' selling of controlled substances. As a result, Thomas was sentenced to three years of community control and ordered to pay a $1,000.00 fine.

On Aug. 3, 2009, MDCH issued an order suspending Thomas' license pursuant to the Public Health Code, which provides for the mandatory suspension of a health professional's license upon the conviction of a felony, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for a maximum of two years, or a controlled substance-related conviction. An administrative hearing will be scheduled to address the status of Thomas' license to practice as a pharmacist.

For more information on disciplinary actions taken by the health professional licensing boards within MDCH, please go to http://www.michigan.gov/mdch, and click on Health Systems and Licensing.