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  • The Naught Blokes @ Seafarers' Fri. Aug 26, 2016 6:00 pm The Naughty Blokes are an original Rock Band from Bellingham, WA. Warren Meier-Lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Johnny Brewer - Lead guitar and vocals, Denny Segel - Bass guitar and vocals, Tim Kraft - keyboards, and Tim Maloy - Drums. The Blokes took off after winning the KISM Road to RockStar Com...
  • Scary Monster & The Super Creeps Sat. Aug 27, 2016 5:00 pm Scary Monster & The Super Creeps was hatched as a David Bowie Tribute band in 2009 by lead vocalist Sean Meyer. The band added Prince’s Purple Rain to the repertoire in 2014 for the thirty year anniversary of the album’s release. Bobby Yost plays lead guitar, Ken Pierce on keyboards, Davi...
  • Riverwalk Summer Concert Series Thu. Sep 1, 2016 6:00 pm The City of Mount Vernon and the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce the2016 Riverwalk Summer Concert Series. Mount Vernon Riverwalk Plaza. The two hour concerts will begin at 6:00pm July 7: Chris Eger Band and the Powerhouse Horns July 14: Rivertalk July 21: Rabbit Wilde Jul...
  • First Friday Gallery Walk Fri. Sep 2, 2016 6:00 pm Anacortes art galleries are open late on the first Friday of each month, from 6 pm to 9pm. Many galleries will have their featured artists on hand to discuss their work. 
  • Alan Hatley Band Sat. Sep 3, 2016 6:00 pm The Alan Hatley Band is a fun loving band that plays and performs Rock/Blues and Original music. Hendrix, SRV, Cream, Clapton, CCR, ZZ Top and much more! 2016 Summer Concert SeriesPresented by City of AnacortesSponsored by the Rick Epting Foundation for the Arts (501c3) September 3rd – 6:00...

The credentials of a pharmacist in Anacortes and his pharmacy have been suspended for multiple violations that put patients at risk for serious harm.

The action by the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission and the state Department of Health means pharmacist John M. Thompson and his Fidalgo Pharmacy Services, Inc., also known as Medicap Pharmacy, cannot practice until the charges are resolved.

Fidalgo Pharmacy Services, Inc. got unsatisfactory inspection ratings and violated multiple rules and regulations, according to charging documents. Thompson is the responsible pharmacy manager and owner.

Pharmacy inspectors allegedly found outdated stock, incomplete logs of compounded drugs, incorrect prescription expiration dates, non-sterile conditions in the compounding area, and substandard refrigeration.

The inspection noted several infection control and sanitation problems. Thompson is also charged with improperly accepting controlled substances from nursing home facilities and with removing expired medications from the pharmacy to hide them from pharmacy inspectors and returning the medications to the pharmacy stock after inspectors left.

Thompson and the pharmacy have 20 days to respond to the allegations.

The Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission regulates pharmacists in Washington. The Commission establishes, monitors, and enforces qualifications for licensing, consistent standards of practice, continuing competency mechanisms and discipline. Rules, policies and procedures promote the delivery of quality health care to state residents.

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