Pharmacy Cheating Scandal In California – CPJE

While I like to focus my time on clinical pharmacy topics, I deeply care about the profession of pharmacy and wanted you to all be aware of this troubling situation. My friend Tony Guerra pays close attention to the numbers surrounding graduation and the pharmacy job market. Needless to say, he has been posting a lot of negativity lately. Pharmacy job losses seem to be happening all across the country. Even experienced pharmacists are having a difficult time getting jobs while new graduates and students are having a harder time getting residencies and their first job. I believe that the primary reason for this has been the rapid expansion of pharmacy schools.

As if that wasn’t bad enough for the profession, I was saddened to find out that there was a cheating scandal in California regarding the CPJE. Although the California Board of Pharmacy didn’t formally label it a cheating scandal, the actions of the board speak to the seriousness situation.

Because the credibility of the CPJE was “compromised”, the Board of Pharmacy is not releasing the CPJE results until further notice. Here’s the full statement from the CBOP website:

The California State Board of Pharmacy has received credible information indicating the validity and reliability of the California Practice Standards and Jurisprudence Examination for Pharmacists (CPJE) has been compromised. As a result, the board is not releasing the CPJE results until further notice. The board is conducting an investigation into this matter and encourages anyone with any information to contact the board at We will release more information as we are able to do so.

This situation is just sad, and I have so many mixed feelings about it. I’m thinking about all the students. My sympathy definitely goes out to those who have recently taken the CPJE and were not part of this scandal. With the current job market and not knowing if and when you might become licensed after spending 6-8 years of your life in school would be a very stressful burden.

If anyone hears about an update on this troubling situation, please feel free to leave a comment below or you can send me an email here. We will have better days as a profession.

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