Prescription drug fraud causes problems for everyone within the system. It can drive drug prices higher, increase regulations, and make it more difficult for people to get the medications they need.
The AMCP explains prescription drug fraud can occur in many ways, but the most common is through fake prescriptions.
Patients may obtain fake prescriptions to get drugs. This could be creating the prescriptions themselves, buying them from others or even convincing a doctor to write a fake one. Doctors and pharmacies who write and fill fake prescriptions are part of the problem.
Combating the issue
Sometimes, a person may have a fake prescription that is very easy to identify, but there are some scammers out there who are very good at creating them so they look valid. In this case, the best course of action for law enforcement is to find the person creating the prescriptions. It is hard to hold pharmacies responsible if they completely check the prescriptions before filling them.
When it comes to devious actions by doctors, law enforcement uses records and drug laws to help stop them. Doctors committing prescription drug fraud will likely lose their medical license, which would stop them from committing further actions.
One of the best ways to combat the issue of prescription fraud is through the use of electronic prescription systems. Electronic systems will allow law enforcement to properly trace prescriptions and it ensures people cannot create fake prescriptions on their own. Furthermore, it creates a clear record for every prescription issued. Having this record can make it difficult for anyone to abuse the system.