Amid heightened controversy over pharmacists who have agreed to fill orders for Covid treatments like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, the state board which oversees Alaska pharmacists is clamping down on what they view as wayward professionals.

During the Alaska Board of Pharmacy’s Nov. 18 meeting, paralegal Marilyn Zimmerman urged the body to impose harsher disciplinary measures upon pharmacists who run afoul of the board’s continuing education requirements.

According to draft minutes from the meeting, board member Dr. Justin Ruffridge argued that pharmacists should face stricter fines for failing to meet education requirements. Ruffridge said such a move may be a “motivating factor” to get pharmacists to comply.

Fellow board member James Henderson agreed, adding that there should be additional fines for each hour of continuing education missed.

Board member Ashley Schaber introduced a motion to implement a continuing education base fine for pharmacists at $500 along with $100 for each credit hour missed, two mandatory audits, a consent agreement and a reprimand. For pharmacy technicians, she suggested a $125 base fine along with $25 for each credit hour missed, two mandatory audits, a consent agreement and a reprimand. Schaber’s motion passed unanimously.

Currently, Alaska pharmacists are required to undergo 30 hours of board-approved continuing education before having their licenses renewed. Under the updated fine structure, pharmacists could now face penalties of up to $3,500 for failure to meet the requirements. The previous discipline matrix only fined pharmacists up to $2,500, most of which could be suspended by completing the education hours.

In addition to the heightened fine structure, the pharmacy board also issued a “notice” to pharmacists on Nov. 23. It states that under the 9th amendment of the PREP Act, COVID-19 therapeutics that have been “authorized, approved, licensed, or cleared by the FDA can be ordered and administered without a prescriber’s drug order.” The notice then notes that the only “approved treatments include monoclonal antibodies and remdesivir.”

Due to known side effects from remdesivir (including documented kidney failure) many Alaskans have rejected this treatment for themselves and loved ones, and have also expressed frustration at being unable to find pharmacists who will even fill doctor-prescribed orders for alternative treatments like ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine. The latest announcement by the Board of Pharmacy will likely make it even more difficult to access these treatment options.


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Editor’s note: This article was updated on Nov. 25 to clarify what pharmacists can order or administer without a prescriber’s drug order.

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Alaska pharmacists face harsher fines & told to reject certain Covid treatments w/o doctor orders

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • AKElsa says:

    I’m genuinely confused… isn’t a ‘prescribers drug order’ and a ‘doctor’s prescription’ the same thing? If so, how is saying that pharmacists can’t give people drugs without a prescription relevant to the fact that people are “unable to find pharmacists who will fill doctor-prescribed orders for alternative treatments?”

  • Prepared says:

    Just order your Ivermectin, Doxycycline, D3 & Zinc (Ziverdo kit) online and have it on hand when you need it. One whole course comes blister packed in one strip. Plenty of places to find instructions for use, or just ask your doctor that would prescribe it to advise. It could take 2-4 weeks to show up. Over 1.4 billion kits distributed in India, and they ain’t doing too bad at all.

    • Ed says:

      Zimmerman is part of the problem. Must be getting paid to deny people the right to other treatment. Big pharma??

  • Joel Adams says:

    “ prescribers drug order”, is that a prescription? I didn’t know that a pharmacist could dispense prescription drugs without a prescribers drug order.

  • Ralph says:

    Your body your choice… until it comes to Preserving human lives.
    It’s not like you can fly out of the nation for alternative treatments. They have this market cornered. I mean you, they have you cornered.
    Common Brandon ;]

  • jh says:

    Now, the Alaska Board of Pharmacy is attacking the pharmacists!
    The Alaska Board of Pharmacy is conducting a Machiavellian “witch-hunt” on the pharmacists who fill prescriptions for human ivermectin. The Alaska Board of Pharmacy is telling pharmacists they are not allowed to fill a prescription ORDER FROM A PHYSCICIAN for human ivermectin. This is outrageous!
    The Alaska Board of Pharmacy are not medical doctors!!!
    Big Pharma, White House, CDC, FDA, NIH, Gates Foundation, and The World Health Organization (WHO) are Stakeholders that make decisions and also have a financial interest….
    Dr. Peter McCullough is one of the world’s most prominent medical doctors with expertise in treating COVID-19 has gone on the record with a scathing rebuke of the U.S. government’s approach to fighting the virus. McCullough holds the honor of being the most cited medical doctor on COVID-19 treatments at the National Library of Medicine, with more than 600 citations. He has testified before Congress regarding covid-19 and won numerous awards throughout his distinguished medical career.
    Ivermectin is a more than 30-year-old FDA APPROVED wonder drug that saves lives – and treats sight-threatening parasitic infections and skin infections. Its lasting influence on global health has been so profound that two of the key researchers in its discovery and development won the Nobel Prize in 2015.
    Dr. Peter McCullough discusses the importance of early treatment for COVID-19, and the potential motivations behind the suppression of safe and effective treatments. Perhaps one of the greatest crimes in this whole pandemic is the refusal by reigning heath authorities to issue early treatment guidance. Instead, they’ve done everything possible to suppress remedies shown to work, whether it be corticosteroids, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) with zinc, ivermectin, vitamin D or NAC. Patients were simply told to stay home and do nothing. Once the infection had worsened to the point of near-death, patients were told to go to the hospital where most were routinely placed on mechanical ventilation — a practice that was quickly discovered to BE LETHAL.
    If the Medical Board of Alaska is ordering the Pharmacists not to fill a prescription for human ivermectin to treat the Chinese virus Covid- 19 because it is NOT SAFE, then the new Merck TREATMENT VACCINE, THAT IS IVERMECTIN, MUST BE NOT SAFE!
    Hey Alaska, there are pharmacies in Utah that will fill human ivermectin.
    FYI: All Corporate Pharmacy Chains want to know if a pharmacist is refusing to fill prescriptions. This is illegal – practicing medicine without a medical license and CORPORATE LAWYERS KNOW THIS!
    Please report them!

  • EscapedAnchorage says:

    These people are evil. They want us dead or in debt by blocking access to cheap medications. Someone should be able to sue the pharmacy board for practicing medicine without a license.

  • Greg in Homer says:

    Interestingly, while our brave pharmacists in Alaska fight tooth and nail against therapeutics because they don’t supposedly work, Merck, one of the largest drug company’s in the world just introduced a brand new therapeutic pill to fight Covid. That’s right, the company that originally introduced Ivermectin to the world back in 1987 has on November 4th, made available in Britain a new antiviral therapeutic pill for Covid. Wake up and smell the coffee Alaska! Therapeutics work! That is why Merck just spent the last 2 years making a new one that they can charge a fortune for. They know Ivermectin works, but is off patent. They can’t make any money on it, so they just released Ivermectin 2.0, and will make a mint. We are being played.

    • Charlotte says:

      Greg, You’re right about MERCK’s new pill, molnupiravir. PFIZER, not to be outdone, is also coming out with one. There will never be enough money for these criminals.
      HOWEVER, MERCK is purposely encouraging the name IVERMECTIN to be tied to their drug so that patients will ask for it. Both are spendy and will be released on an emergency basis (you are the test subject). Both these pills are tied to COVID. Neither drug will help you. They are part of the genocide. Big Pharma can’t be trusted. Stick with the human ivermectin, It could save your life. You’ll most likely NOT be offered the original IVERMECTIN in the hospital. Pleeeeeease remember that!
      Take a look at and read about the damage the bio weapons are doing to humans. The new pill will only add to it.
      Doctors with eyes wide shut need to see what they are contributing to also. Maybe you have pals who died from COVID.
      That goes for you too, Ann Zink, Alaska Chief Medical Officer, who moved to Alaska to save us from overpopulation. You’re doing your best, aren’t you, recommending that others’ children be vaxxed with that killer bio weapon !

  • Kenneth L. Wells says:

    How is it that pharmacists now outrank doctors?

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      Woke democrats and yes some republicans like Lisa and Dan to name a few think they outrank doctors too.

  • Dee Cee says:

    I noticed the drug order statement too. Clarify please!

  • Burt says:

    These evil people live among us, they are somebody’s neighbor. So, they should keep that in mind if they are going to engage in genocide.

    • Sally M Pollen says:

      At a public forum today some of our Mat Valley legislators welcomed input regarding current virus issues. We heard angry and grieving neighbors pleading for answers to the medical tyranny and maltreatment that is only becoming worse. Home school moms, health care workers, those who have lost career jobs because they refused to be jabbed with a toxic experimental cocktail. We heard the problems, now we humbly ask God to give us bold leaders with strategies and courage.

  • Steve says:

    The big question is where the hell is our Governor, and Representatives? If they truly represent use then why are they allowing these draconian rules to persist? If my doctor prescribes a medication and the medication is legal then screw anyone who gets in the way of the prescription being filled. This no longer sounds like a conspiracy, IT IS A CONSPIRACY!

    • nicole says:

      Our fake representatives, represent themselves because they are either morally compromised and threatened with exposure or bought and paid for. They do the bidding of their masters. To determine who those masters are, one need only pay attention to who benefits from their words and actions. Who benefits when a fake representative falsely advertises as “safe and effective” the fake vaccine, which is really an experimental messenger RNA gene-modifying therapy? Not We the People.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    So if a Doctor prescribed vitamins, cough syrup for your covid-flu, are whatever your doctor thinks works for your situation.
    Who cares it’s between you and your doctor. Not some lame woke controlling government telling you how or what to take for your flu like symptoms.
    Sorry Sleepy Joe I mean Not All There Joe. Go back to your bunker and turn the lights out, wait that’s a given and lock the door.

  • Perplexed Alaskan says:

    These pharmacist board members serve at the pleasure of the Governor. All this nonsense does not attract medical talent to Alaska. Our hospitals rely heavily on traveling nurses and allied staff. Not a winning strategy if you are down hundreds of nurses and allied professions who will give Alaska a pass because of Alaska’s polarized and toxic culture in our medical community, and hospitals. The Governor’s contract with the FEMA travelers expires on December 31, 2021. January 1, 2022….

  • jh says:

    Hey, Alaska Board of Pharmacy,
    Alaskans are being deprived of access to human ivermectin, but it’s no secret that
    hundreds of people in Congress have access to it and is available to them if they want it.
    WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    • Charlotte says:

      Speaking of DON YOUNG, I got a sweet little video of him sitting behind his desk, telling us that he got the vaccine, and he’s fine!!! All the negative info out there is just misinformation. “Go get the vaccine,” he said. Ya’ll remember that?
      Shortly after that, I heard that Congress critters had access to IVM and HCQ, they didn’t have to take the bio weapon. Nope. Don’s going to let US have it though.
      Well, you know what, Don? DUMP YOU!! We’ll start over with a conservative who cares about his constituents. Don’s recent vote with the Dems doesn’t help him either.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Pharmacists need to join together and file class action lawsuit for being prohibited from doing their jobs which is to fill prescriptions issued by licensed medical practitioners. And our governor perhaps should step in and give a little nudge or hand slap to the tyrannical licensing board.

  • Ken says:

    I took Ivermectin Horse paste that really helped me the only regret I have is I didn’t start sooner. Sad we have to resort to Farm supply stores.

  • Ruth Ewig says:

    This Board needs to be disbanded as they are corrupt in their goals to fine and intimidate pharmacists against the pharmacists better judgment. What will it take to dissolve this board and others like it. This is a case of evil overcoming good. It is too prevalent during this dark time in Alaska as well as around the country. Keep praying!.