World news wrapup: 17 May 2018

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Pharmacist shot and killed in Jordan; prison tech struck off after inappropriate relationship with inmate; US pharmacist foils gun robbery

Zarqa, Jordan: A pharmacist is dead and another injured after they were allegedly shot by a man who demanded tranquilisers.

According to, the two pharmacists, who were brothers, escorted the man out of their pharmacy in Zarqa, but he returned seconds later and shot them.

One pharmacist was shot in the heart and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, while the other received a bullet wound to the shoulder and is reportedly in “good” condition.

The suspect was handed in to police by his father later in the day. He now faces a charge of manslaughter over the shooting.

The Jordainian Pharmacists Association has called for increased security for pharmacies, particularly at night, as well as calling for the maximum penalty to be applied to the perpetrator.


Doncaster, UK: A prison pharmacist technician has been struck off the General Pharmaceutical Council’s register, reports the Daily Mail, following a personal relationship with an inmate.

Jennifer Harrison worked at the HMP Lindholme in Doncaster, where her duties included handing out medicines to prisoners.

The Mail reports that she “bombarded” the man with 105 explicit texts over nine days, in which she alluded to his “huge manhood,” and “strong passionate kisses” as well as her intention to wait at the prison gates for him when he was released.

While she had been spoken to by police after the relationship was detected, they did not bring charges against her. However at a disciplinary hearing before the General Pharmaceutical Council, Ms Harrison was found to have had a personal relationship with the inmate and to have sent the “inappropriate” messages.

She told the GPhC that the inmate had groomed her.

The GPhC decided that she had “embarked on a sexually motivated relationship” with the prisoner and struck her from the register. She has since ceased to work as a pharmacist technician.


Atlanta, Georgia: A pharmacist has wrestled a gun from one of three suspects who attempted to rob his pharmacy.

Mba Kalu originally started to help one of the three women, who according to WSB-TV (an affiliate of ABC Atlanta) told him she had a prescription to fill.

“I was just waiting for her to pull the prescription out and instead of her prescription, she pulled out a gun,” said Mr Kalu.

“So I just had to react.”

Another suspect appeared to attack him with pepper spray, while he struggled with the first woman for the gun. After he took the weapon, the three suspects ran out of the pharmacy and drove away.

It’s not the first time the DeKalb County pharmacy has been targeted: last December three armed men, with their faces obscured by masks, robbed the store.

“In this field, it’s something anticipated because of the ongoing opioid abuse,” Mr Kalu said. According to ABC News, he now plans to increase security at the pharmacy, including by buying a gun.


Eldoret, Kenya: Pharmacies have been raided by authorities and at least 15 are under investigation following allegations that they are selling banned performance-enhancing drugs to athletes.

According to Kenya’s Star newspaper, the pharmacies – in Eldoret and other locations in the North Rift – are under scrutiny by the Anti-Doping Agency, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.

Anti-Doping official Japhter Rugut said that pharmacies found to be selling the prohibited drugs will be arrested and prosecuted.

The raid on the first pharmacy, led by Mr Rugut, occurred after an athlete said that he had used EPO, bought at the pharmacy in Eldoret. The pharmacy owner was subsequently arrested.

Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno said that reports of increased doping among Kenyan athletes are “worrying”.


Bismarck, North Dakota: A pharmacist has been accused of “terrorising” local school children and sending child pornography, reports the Bismarck Tribune.

Curtis James McGarvey faced court earlier this week on 20 counts of promoting sexual performance by a minor, one charge of child neglect and one of terrorising.

The court heard that in June 2016 local police were told that a person was hacking into a girl’s mobile phone, leaving messages and then deleting them. The girls’ mother reported receiving a text message with a picture of a nude woman with the face of an underage girl Photoshopped onto it, alongside a threat that the picture would be forwarded.

The woman was later sent a video file of what appeared to be child pornography. This file was also sent to 20 other people, including Mr McGarvey, his wife and two grown sons, as well as another child.

The email address associated with this activity was also used to make a bomb threat against the local high school.

Mr McGarvey’s attorney said he “very strongly” maintains his innocence.

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