The exploitation of prescription drugs especially controlled substances is a serious problem in Martin County. Often prescriptions are false; and these forged or altered prescriptions are used to purchase drugs that will then be used in various purposes.
There are different ways by which these fraudulent prescriptions can be created.
Some of the methods are
- Prescription pads can be stolen from physician’s office and prescription can be written for a fictitious patient
- Some patient alter physician’s prescription to attain additional amount of legitimate drugs
- Some drug abusers often create false prescriptions
A pharmacist has reason to suspect a person when
- A person returns too often for certain drugs. A prescription that should have lasted for a month in case of normal use is being replenished in much shorter time
- The doctor writes more compare to other medical practitioner
- Patient carrying prescription of other’s name
The law holds that pharmacist who knowingly dispenses medicine following a prescription that was not issued in usual course of treatment is committing a crime. If held for such charges, he has to face severe penalties. But sometimes pharmacists are really not aware that they are distributing un-prescribed drugs and thus committing a crime.
If you are held responsible in such a case it is best to take help of a Martin County Criminal Lawyer.