Hospital dispenses dismissal to sticky-fingered pharmacy technician

Technician claimed it was common for drug counts to be inaccurate, but the only recorded discrepancies were hers
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 06/20/2018

A New Brunswick arbitrator has upheld the dismissal of a pharmacy technician whose inaccurate recordkeeping showed that she likely was stealing narcotics.

Shelley Arsenault was a pharmaceutical technician hired in 2007 by the Doctor Everett Chalmers Hospital (DECH) in Fredericton, N.B. Since Arsenault was a technician and not a pharmacist, she wasn’t licensed by any governing body or college of pharmacists — instead, she was a graduate of a diploma program that focussed on general practices associated with the pharmacy technician role, helping the pharmacist.

When Arsenault started at DECH, she was trained over several weeks on the job. The training included the standard procedure of making a physical count of controlled drugs in stock on a weekly basis.