Is it possible to forge a prescription?

Is it possible to forge a prescription?

Under California Business and Professions Code 4324 BP, it is illegal to: forge or alter a prescription, sign someone else’s name (whether real or fictitious) on a prescription, or. possess drugs that were obtained using a forged prescription.

What can happen if you forge a signature?

Forgery is considered a felony in all fifty states and is punishable by a range of penalties including jail or prison time, significant fines, probation, and restitution (compensating the victim for money or goods stolen as a result of the forgery).

Which is a sign of a forged prescription?

Characteristics of Forged Prescriptions Prescription appears to be photocopied; Directions written in full with no abbreviations; Prescription written in different color inks or written in different handwriting.

What does forgery of a prescription mean?

Forging a prescription is defined as illegally acquiring pharmaceuticals for either personal use of for profit. There are several ways to forge a prescription such as blatantly writing your own prescription on a blank pad and increasing quantity on an otherwise legitimate prescription.

Where can I find information on forgery of prescriptions?

In the case of confirmed forgeries involving controlled substances, please refer to the College’s Fact Sheet – Forgery: Management and Reporting of Fraudulent Prescriptions for further information.

What are the consequences for forging a signature?

Most other cases, such as forging a signature on a check, physician’s note or other legal documents, are subject to state law. For example, Illinois considers forgery a Class 3 felony. If a person is convicted of forgery in Illinois, sentencing includes two to five years in prison, up to $25,000 in fines and additional restitution.

What are the characteristics of a forged prescription?

Characteristics of Forged Prescriptions Prescription looks “too good”; the prescriber’s handwriting is too legible; Quantities, directions or dosages differ from usual medical usage; Prescription does not comply with the acceptable standard abbreviations or appear to be textbook presentations;

When is the best time to forge a prescription?

Forgery perpetrators may purposely target situations where they might catch staff with their guard down. Examples include newly opened pharmacies, holidays or weekends when “regular” staff are not on duty, very early or very late when there may be fewer staff, and who may also be distracted trying to perform other tasks to open/close the pharmacy.

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