Friday, February 26, 2010

Pharmacy Fraud

A North Augusta woman's been busted for trying to obtain prescription drugs by fraud.

Sally Bishop, 40, was arrested Thursday afternoon on a felony charge of attempt to obtain prescription drugs by fraud, according to jail records.

It appears Ms. Bishop was caught before she was able to obtain the drugs. Some states have developed prescription monitoring programs, which can help prevent and detect the diversion and abuse of pharmaceutical controlled substances and lead to arrests.

In fact, there are a variety of responses to prescription fraud that are used by police, pharmacists, and others to try to prevent and address this crime, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. They include:
  • improving pharmacists' screening of prescriptions and patients
  • employing security measures (for example, use tamper-resistant prescription pads)
  • prescribing drugs electronically
  • creating a database of customers
  • using police crackdowns to target specific doctors/pharmacies

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