Pharmacist

Joelle Mbamy

The B.C. College of Pharmacists has ordered a Penticton pharmacy to stop dispensing certain medications.

Allegations and restrictions against Joelle Mbamy’s Sunrise Pharmacy were posted to the college’s website on May 23, ordering her to stop preparing, compounding and dispensing intravenous medicines pending a hearing of the discipline committee.

Mbamy is also unable to dispense any narcotic or controlled drug substance for opioid agonist treatment.

“While practicing as a pharmacist, the Registrant is alleged to have shown a continuing pattern of providing Opioid Agonist Treatment without abiding by the legislative requirements,” the report said.

The report also claims Mbamy was found to be preparing intravenous medications in unsanitary conditions.

Restrictions came into effect on June 7 to allow patients to transfer to other pharmacies.

“The Inquiry Committee considered this action necessary to protect the public,” says the report.

Sunrise Pharmacy is located at 749 Main St., directly across from Penticton Secondary School.

Neither Mbamy nor her attorney, Michael Patterson, could be reached for comment.

Mbamy, a zumba instructor in Penticton, previously pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge in an unrelated incident. The 58-year-old was fined $1,000 and handed a 10-year prohibition against owning animals for neglect of three dogs that were in her care.

Recommended for you