Forged prescription notifications
It is illegal for a person to forge or fraudulently alter or utter a prescription or other document, or be in possession of them knowing they are forged or fraudulently altered, for the purpose of obtaining a prescription drug.
If a pharmacist has reasonable cause to believe that a prescription or any other document has been forged or fraudulently altered, that prescription or document must be retained and sent to the Commissioner of Police.
A fraudulently altered prescription or document refers to any changes made by someone other than the prescriber or author. Examples include adding a drug or making changes to the date, quantity or dispensing instructions. Any alterations should be confirmed with the prescriber. If unsure of the validity of a prescription, you should not dispense the prescription until you can get in contact with the prescriber.
What to do if presented with a forged or fraudulently altered prescription or document?
If presented with a forged or fraudulently altered prescription, the pharmacist must:
- contact SA Police on 131 444 to report the incident and seek police attendance
- complete the Notification to police of a prescription suspected of being forged or fraudulently altered (RF 1661) (PDF 154KB)
- provide the completed form plus the forged/fraudulently altered prescription/document to the police when they attend
- fax a copy of the form and forged/fraudulently altered prescription/document to the Drugs of Dependence Unit
- retain a copy for your records.