Latebreakers: NAPLEX intrigue continues

September 17, 2007

NAPLEX exams have been halted and a judge has issued a gag order in the case pitting the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy against the University of Georgia and a pharmacy faculty member.

A federal judge has issued a gag order in the case between NABP and the University of Georgia and Flynn Warren Jr., M.S., over alleged cheating on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). In August, NABP revealed that materials and computers from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and the offices and home of Warren, a member of the faculty, had been seized by U.S. marshals. According to Alan Lubel, special assistant attorney general of Georgia who is representing Warren and the school, the disclosure violated the gag order. Following the incident, NABP temporarily suspended NAPLEX and the Georgia Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE). NABP issued a statement to state pharmacy boards insisting that both tests "will be reactivated as soon as possible when NABP is confident that both examinations are able to validly assess the entry-level competence of pharmacists to safely practice pharmacy." NABP estimated that NAPLEX and MPJE will be reinstated by early November.