Q. Recently I did something I think might be very harmful to me.

One of my doctors gave me a prescription, but accidentally left a blank slip attached below it. One of my other doctors had stopped giving me a certain prescription, so I wrote it up myself and signed his name. The pharmacy filled the prescription.

I realize now that I might have broken the law. I am so afraid that the police or the sheriff might come after me that I’m about half crazy with fear.

A friend of mine said that the pharmacy files prescriptions away and keeps them for a limited time. Is that true? Does the pharmacy send a notice to the doctor when it fills the prescription?

I will NEVER do this again. (The prescription was not for a narcotic.)

A. Forging a prescription is fraud and is considered a felony in most states. Even though the medication in question was not a narcotic, this is a very serious violation. That said, it is highly unlikely that the pharmacy would notify the physician that it filled the prescription. The prescription will be kept on file for several years.

You may escape detection this time but never try such a dangerous stunt again. Not only is it illegal, but it could be very bad for your health.

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  1. Jen L

    I thought they got shredded after?

  2. Pharmacy Tech

    Are you serious? You think you may have done something wrong? Forgery is a crime no matter whose name you are signing. And yes, there are ways that you can get caught but I am not about to tell you what they are.

  3. mpat

    There are a couple of other factors that may effect her situation. The first one will be the INSURANCE Company. If the INSURANCE Company somehow were informed of what she had done then it will affect her since the insurance company is paying for her meds. Usually the Insurance Companies have no capability of seeing what happened as far as the hard copy of the prescription yet. I am sure since they are the payors they will in the future.
    The second big factor that may affect her is if she continues and let other people know including this site of what she did. The more people know the more chance she will get caught. Nevertheless this is a CRIME even though it is not a CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE! It will be all about whether this CRIME will get back to the prescriber and what the prescriber will do about it. The prescriber may be very unprofessional and play ignorance like he/she did not see it.
    Find out if this prescriber is your friend. He/she may simply let it slide and the law authorities will just observe. If however it did get back to the prescriber the prescriber may have bigger problems to deal with their regulatory boards if some entity make it aware to the board.

  4. Greg Pharmacy Student

    Most pharmacies keep records for about 7 years. Periodic audits take place for several different reasons.
    The insurance companies have the greatest incentive, MONEY. It’s a shame, insurance companies will look for the smallest mistakes on the prescription: the wrong written date, ambiguous directions, too many prescriptions written on the same piece of paper and then take ALL the money paid for the prescriptions back!!
    It’s possible that if there were any mistakes the pharmacist may have called the doctor for a correction, and doctors also being very busy the prescription may have be Ok’ed/corrected and hence made legal and put in your chart.
    Very risky. If caught there are often minimums on fines or jail times.

    • Stan

      Maybe you should go to med school. It might be your calling.

  5. Leah O.

    I am the Crime Watch coordinator for my neighborhood… this woman has come forward with her “crime”…but now she can know that she was driven by the use of a “medicine”. I have several neighbors on heavy drugs for one thing or another. It is my belief that if you have a doctor, you should be more involved in the side effects of these drugs.
    A patient should be first of all concerned about the possible addiction to the drug in the first place. I would be very careful to take any drugs from even a doctor without knowing the serious side effects… like addiction. I recently had our Police arrest a woman in a Senior Apartment that was stealing “drugs” from Seniors. The street value is very high. Tell your doctor that you want to be involved in your recovery… and that you want better control of your own health.

  6. Paul43

    I wouldn’t worry one bit about it—if the pharmacist would have had any doubts about it he would have called the Doctor right away–The pharmacists nowadays are so busy they don’t have time to check unless it would be a SCHEDULED NARCOTIC THEY WEREN’T SURE ABOUT.

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