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Former 'pharmacist' is charged with illegal dispensing

A 29-year-old Davenport, Iowa man, Jason Allan Senne, who was employed as a pharmacist at the Hastings Wal-Mart late last year and earlier this year, has been charged with three misdemeanor counts of dispensing legend drugs (a drug that needs a prescription to be sold by a pharmacy) by unlicensed person and three misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of the title of "pharmacist." The charges were filed Oct. 21 in Dakota County District Court by the Dakota County Sheriff's Office.

According to the complaint, the Sheriff's Office received a complaint in April about an individual, identified as Senne, who had worked as pharmacist for the Wal-Mart stores in Hastings, Apple Valley and West St. Paul. He was not licensed as a pharmacist at any time when he worked in these stores. The fact that Senne was not licensed as a pharmacist in Minnesota was learned after the pharmacy manager at the Waseca store questioned a reimbursement form. The manager checked to see if Seen were licensed and learned he was not.

A subsequent investigation indicated Senne had attended the North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy, but did not graduate from the pharmacy doctorate program. In order to sit for licensing tests in any state in the U.S., an individual is required to have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

When Senne was terminated from his position, he said he did have the degree, had taken two tests, but failed to take another for licensing. In checking, however, the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy confirmed Senne was dropped from the program at North Dakota State University and never received the degree. The same board confirmed Senne was registered as a pharmacy technician and as an intern in 2003 and 2004. The registration expired at the end of 2005.

When Senne worked at the Hastings Wal-Mart store, he filled 309 prescriptions. At the two other stores he filled 328 prescriptions.