Using fraud or deceit to obtain prescription drugs is a crime that can result in serious financial penalties and prison sentences. The drugs involved are usually addictive narcotics such as codeine, Demerol, OxyContin (oxycodone), methadone, morphine, Valium (diazepam), Vicodin (hydrocodone), and Xanax (alprazolam). But any prescription drug can be the basis for a prescription fraud charge.
Common types of prescription fraud include illegally giving out or obtaining prescriptions, knowingly selling prescription drugs to someone who does not have a valid prescription, altering a legitimate prescription to indicate a higher dosage or quantity of drugs, and obtaining drugs using forged prescriptions. “Doctor shopping” – or switching doctors for the purpose of obtaining additional prescriptions – is also a form of prescription fraud.
Examples of Prescription Fraud
Durable Medical Equipment Fraud
A physician is facing up to 60 years in prison after a jury convicted him of healthcare fraud for writing unnecessary prescriptions for medical equipment and nutritional supplies that were never provided to patients. Click here to read more....
Nurse Completed Prescription Forms for Doctor
A medical doctor and registered nurse have been charged with felonies because the doctor allegedly gave the nurse blank, pre-signed prescription forms, and the nurse filled out the prescriptions at her discretion for narcotics such as morphine and oxycodone. Click here to read more....
Ten people were arrested on charges of conspiring to obtain prescription narcotics through forged prescriptions. The co-conspirators allegedly obtained the DEA registration numbers and medical license numbers of legitimate physicians, purchased pharmacy-grade prescription paper, and created fraudulent prescriptions for narcotic painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. Click here to read more....
A Licensed Practical Nurse employed by a nursing home was sentenced to two years of probation for faxing false patient prescription requests for Hydrocodone to the pharmacy for her own use. She also diverted Hydrocodone for her personal use from numerous nursing home residents. Click here to read more....
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