CPL has represented individuals and entities licensed and regulated by the California State Board of Pharmacy, the Department of Health Care Services, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Food & Drug Administration in all matters relating to compliance, regulations, disciplinary actions, license, permits and audits.  Additionally, CPL advises in new business ventures and buy-sell transactions.

We Offer A Number of Services

CPL represents Pharmacies (PHY), Licensed Sterile Compounding Facilities (LSC), and Wholesalers (WLS) in all matters relating to government agencies: CA Board of Pharmacy, DEA, and FDA.

  • Risk management & preparatory audits
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Pharmacy training
  • Defense against government, insurance and 3rdParty audits
  • Obtain site permits & licensure from the CA Board of Pharmacy, DEA, and Medi-Cal.
  • Negotiate provider contracts
  • Business planning and strategic alliances
  • Advise new/start-up business ventures & buy-sell agreements

CPL represents Pharmacists (RPH), Pharmacist Interns (INT), and Technicians (TCH) in all matters relating to government agencies: CA Board of Pharmacy, DEA, and FDA, including:

  • Pharmacist license defense
  • License renewal consultation
  • Disciplinary actions, Office conferences, Administrative hearings, Writ of mandamus petitions & other appeals
  • Continuing education presentations

CPL offers a number of workshops involving pharmacy law that target important aspects for your practice.

Pharmacy Ownership 101: This all-day course workshop is on how to either open up a pharmacy from scratch, or buy an existing one as an ongoing concern.

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MEET OUR ATTORNEYS

After receiving his Pharm.D. from the University of the Pacific in 1996, Dr. Park started his career as P.I.C. and Store Manager of a chain drugstore. Then from 1998 until 2008, Dr. Park created and operated various start-up pharmacy-related businesses: a sterile compounding pharmacy, a Hispanic community pharmacy, a mail order pharmacy, a hemophilia homecare company, and a specialty drug wholesaler. He then sold everything in 2008 to attend law school, earning his J.D. in 2010 from the Western Michigan University - Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is now principal attorney of his own law firm: “CPL – California Pharmacy Lawyers.” He represents individuals and entities in all aspects of pharmacy practice and business. He also serves as General Counsel for the California Pharmacists Association, and teaches Pharmacy Law & Ethics at several California schools of pharmacy. Dr. Park is a Registered Pharmacist and member of the California Bar.

Tony J. Park, Pharm.D., J.D.

Principal Attorney

Ivan Petrzelka, PharmD, JD, MBA, is a Pharmacist-Attorney with passion for learning, mentoring and creative problem solving. Having practiced pharmacy for more than 20 years in various clinical and administrative roles, he brings extensive experience in pharmacy practice and regulatory compliance in all pharmacy settings. After switching to legal practice, Ivan specialized in representing pharmacists in enforcement actions before the Board of Pharmacy and other regulatory agencies. He also provides consulting services on healthcare regulatory matters. Dr. Petrzelka is an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy Law & Ethics at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy and the founder and General Counsel of NoRxAbuse, a coalition dedicated to educating healthcare providers and general public on prevention of abuse and diversion of prescription drugs.

Ivan Petrzelka, Pharm.D., J.D., MBA

Of Counsel

Peter Gregorovic, J.D., Esq. is of counsel at California Pharmacy Lawyers.  His 28+ year career is grounded in business litigation, which transitioned into the specialized field of pharmacy law, including pharmacy sales and acquisitions, corporate formation and compliance, real estate transactions as well as non-pharmacy business transactions. His litigation experience has benefited numerous pharmacists and pharmacies representing them  against accusations filed by the Board of Pharmacy, whether negotiating settlements or defending his client at hearing before an administrative law judge. In his 28-year career, he has achieved successful trial verdicts, published appellate decisions, received Martindale Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Rating, Fine Magazine’s 2016 Top Lawyers Award and San Diego Magazine’s San Diego Top Lawyers Award for Business Litigation. Mr. Gregorovic is admitted to practice in the State Courts of California and Nevada, and in the U.S. District Courts, for the Central, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California as well as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In giving back to the community, Mr. Gregorovic is a member of the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations; has also served as Vice-President of the City of La Mesa Athletic Council, where he authored a first-in-the-nation cost sharing deferred maintenance plan between the City and sports organizations relating to allocated uses of municipal fields; serves the community as a Superior Court Judge Pro Tem and is appointed by the La Mesa City Council to the La Mesa Personnel Appeals Board.

Peter S. Gregorovic, J.D., Esq.

Of Counsel

Luis Andre P. Vizcocho, RPh, JD, brings in over a decade of experience working as a pharmacist in various practice settings. Dr. Vizcocho embraced the challenges of being a pharmacist-in-charge early in his career, successfully managing and operating a number of stores for a retail chain pharmacy in the Greater Los Angeles Area for several years until he decided to pursue law school in 2012. Dr. Vizcocho continued working as a pharmacist while attending law school, and transitioned into legal practice by working as a law clerk under the mentorship of Dr. Tony J. Park at the CPL Law Firm. Since graduating as valedictorian of his 2016 class at the Pacific Coast University School of Law, Dr. Vizcocho has continued to draw from his first-hand experience as a pharmacist, and integrate his keen understanding of the pharmacy profession with his legal education, to best represent his clients.

Luis Andre P. Vizcocho, R.Ph, J.D.

Attorney-At-Law

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Legal Assistant

Johnny Nguyen

Licensing Specialist

Sharon Shin

Legal Assistant

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FREE CE TRAINING FOR PHARMACISTS - APRIL 6 IN SAN DIEGO

The Board of Pharmacy is hosting a full day of free continuing education (CE) training on drug abuse and drug diversion for pharmacists April 6, 2019, in San Diego.
Pharmacists are eligible to receive at least six hours of CE credit. In addition, participants who attend an extra session on naloxone will receive another hour of credit for a total of seven CE units. The naloxone session meets the training requirements of the California protocol for pharmacists to furnish naloxone.

The full-day event will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6 at UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093.

Space is limited, and preregistration is required. Information on how to preregister and other details about the event can be found in What’s New at the Board of Pharmacy website. ... See MoreSee Less

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Per the Board of Pharmacy:

Prescribers are encouraged to procure compliant security forms at their earliest opportunity. In the interim, however, none of the signatory agencies want to see patients denied access to necessary medications during this transition period.

With that in mind, the Enforcement Committee of the Pharmacy Board has recommended to the Pharmacy Board and the Executive Officer that, prior to July 1, 2019, enforcement staff not make an enforcement priority of actions against and/or investigations of pharmacists (or their employing pharmacies) who, in the exercise of his or her best professional judgment, determine that it is in the best interest of patient or public health or safety to fill a controlled substance prescription written on a security form that would have been compliant prior to January 1, 2019.

Further, to assist pharmacists, pharmacies, and other dispensers with implementation challenges, the Pharmacy Board has told its licensees to consider the following responses to presentation of an outdated form:

(a) Communicating with the prescriber about the need for a compliant security prescription;
(b) Advising the prescriber to substitute an electronic prescription;
(c) Consulting with the prescriber about whether the patient might be terminally ill and eligible for a "11159.2 exemption" prescription under Health and Safety Code section 11159.2;
(d) Treating prescription orders written on the outdated forms for Schedule III, IV and V medications as oral prescriptions, and verifying the order telephonically with the prescriber’s office, pursuant to Health and Safety Code section 11164, subdivision (b);
(e) Schedule II prescriptions on non-compliant security prescription forms present unique challenges, because of the inability to substitute an oral prescription. It is therefore especially important that pharmacists use their best professional judgment to get needed Schedule II medications to their patients, and the same lack of enforcement priority will be applied to these dispensing decisions until July 1, 2019.
(f) If failure to dispense may result in loss of life or intense suffering, dispensing pursuant to the emergency situation requirements of Health and Safety Code section 11167, and curing with a compliant controlled substance security prescription form within seven (7) days;
(g) Refusing to fill the prescription.

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The Board of Pharmacy, is hosting an educational forum December 8 in Santa Barbara.

Sessions will include training for pharmacists on the CURES system, drug diversion trends and overdose prevention.

Pharmacists will be awarded six hours of CE credit for attending the day-long event. An additional hour of CE can be earned at the end of the day to meet the requirements of the pharmacist protocol to provide naloxone, for a total of seven CE hours.

Information about the event can be found on the board's website. ... See MoreSee Less

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