A very controversial and, for many California pharmacist applicants, upsetting decision was recently made by the California Board of Pharmacy to invalidate the results of the California Practice Standards and Jurisprudence Examination for Pharmacists (“CPJE”) due to alleged cheating. The exam scores for the CPJE administered in September of 2019 were invalidated due to what the Board claimed was “…wide-scale subersiion of the CPJE. The subversion involves instances of applicants removing and sharing exam questions with other applicants.”
This has posed a serious problem for most of the 1400 applicants for California pharmacist licensure who took the exam. The Board believes around 100 or so people may have been involved in electronically sharing certain multiple choice questions which appeared on the exam, thereby compromising the validity of all scores. The result for those who honestly took (and passed) the exam is that their job offers they were counting on are being withdrawn, leaving them with the horrible prospect of not only retaking the CPJE exam, but also of having to resecure job offers after the makeup exam is taken and hopefully passed.
The California Board of Pharmacy states that the makeup CPJE exam will occur on November 17, 2019, and that applicants may apply to retake the exam from November 2-16, 2019. The website to sign up for the retake is www.psiexams.com or call (877) 392-6422.
This is a link to the Board of Pharmacy’s website with various updates about the widely publicized, recently compromised CPJE exam which many pharmacist applicants took this year and which has been invalidated: https://www.pharmacy.ca.gov/applicants/statement_cpje.shtml
Once the exam is retaken, if applicants find their application for California pharmacist licensure is denied for any reason, the attorneys at Brown & Brown are well versed in successfully appealing such denials. The Board will file what is called a “Statement of Issues” denying an applicant’s license to practice pharmacy, and our attorneys can immediately help successfully appeal this denial to help obtain licensure quickly. Give us a call today at (310) 792-1315 to schedule your free consultation with one of our attorneys.
About Adam Brown
Mr. Brown joined the firm of Brown & Brown after receiving his Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California. He is also a graduate of the University of California at Irvine, where he received his B.A. degree in English.