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Though hearsay, script for pharmacist’s fraudulent calls held acceptable evidence in revocation proceeding

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In a December 8 ruling, an appellate court in Arkansas upheld a decision by the state's pharmacy board to revoke the license of a pharmacist whose business had engaged in workers' compensation fraud, holding that a cold-call script used by the pharmacist, which had gone through at least one degree of hearsay before being introduced as evidence, was not improper.

Licensed pharmacist Kenneth Zielinski, doing business as Sentrix Pharmacy, engaged in the misleading practice of cold-calling people who were receiving workers' compensation, telling the callers that he was from the recipient's workers' compensation carrier, taking their . . .

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