Cheating scandal prompts California to invalidate pharmacist test scores

The California State Board of Pharmacy invalidated 1,400 pharmacists' state exam scores after it discovered around 100 exam questions were leaked online, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Anyone who has taken the exam since July to become a licensed pharmacist in California has to retake it.

"We are fully aware of how destructive it's been for them, but we're a consumer protection agency. We want to make sure that anyone who does get a license in California is in fact competent to take care of California patients," Bob Davila, a spokesman for the state's pharmacy board told the Los Angeles Times.

Pharmacists have contacted legislators, threatened lawsuits, signed petitions and planned protests in efforts to get the board to reverse its decision and release the exam scores.

The board gave pharmacists the option to retake the test on Nov. 16 or Nov. 17. The board said it will waive the $30 exam fee and expedite the results. However, people who can't make those days must reapply to take the test, which costs $200.

Test sites for the retake days filled up fast, and some people's closest options are out of state, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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