Reminder: the deadline for pharmacist practice permit and pharmacy licence renewal is 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2019.

FAQ

To report a forgery online to ACP , which will then be shared with other pharmacists across the province via our Forgery Alerts, click here. You will be asked to fill out the details on an online form. If you experience difficulties with the online form, you may also email details of the forgery to communications@abpharmacy.ca

To report a forgery to the Office of Controlled Substances, click here.

Note: according to Health Canada, all those working with controlled substances and precursor chemicals must take proper security measures. If a theft, loss or forgery occurs it must be reported to the local police immediately and to the Office of Controlled Substances no later than 10 working days after its discovery. To learn more, visit the Health Canada webpage

 

 

Reporting a forgery attempt to ACP:

  • promotes awareness of recent prescription forgery attempts and forgery tactics;
  • helps prevent diversion of drugs, thus maintaining the integrity of the drug system; and
  • helps us create a listing of forgery attempts for the calendar year, so that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have another tool to aid them in forgery detection.
  • Your pharmacy name, location, and city
  • Date of (attempted) forgery
  • “Patient” gender
  • What the prescription was written for (including strengths and quantities)
  • What the prescription form looked like (TPP, computer-generated, written)
  • The prescriber’s name and clinic information printed on the form
  • Why you suspected (or how you discovered) a forgery (e.g., signs of alteration, checked Netcare, the form appeared to be a photocopy)
  • Whether or not you were able to confirm the forgery with the prescriber
  • Any other relevant information

A forged prescription may constitute fraud and/or theft. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have a responsibility to act ethically regarding their profession, with honesty and integrity. Reporting forged prescriptions to the police is an important step in working to decrease the number of prescription forgery attempts.

Note: according to the Health Canada Office of Controlled Substances, all those working with controlled substances and precursor chemicals must take proper security measures. If a theft, loss or forgery occurs it must be reported to the local police immediately and to the Office of Controlled Substances no later than 10 working days after its discovery. To learn more, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/health-concerns/controlled-substances-precursor-chemicals/controlled-substances/compliance-monitoring/loss-theft-forgery.html

To report a forgery to ACP, which will then be shared with other pharmacists across the province via our Forgery Alerts email blast, click here.

To report a forgery to the Health Canada Office of Controlled Substances, click here.

You may disclose health information to a police service without the individual’s consent if you believe that the information relates to the possible commission of an offence under a statute of Alberta or Canada and will either:

  • Detect, limit or prevent fraudulent use or abuse of the health system (HIA S.37.1), or
  • Protect the health or safety of an individual (HIA S.37.3).

The disclosure must be limited to the following information, any of which may be required by police to complete the investigation:

  • The individual’s name, birth date, and personal health number;
  • The nature of any injury or illness of the individual;
  • The date on which a health service was sought or received;
  • The location where the health service was sought or received;
  • The name of any drug provided or prescribed to the individual, and the date the drug was provided or prescribed;
  • Whether any samples of bodily substances were taken from the individual, or
  • Information about the health provider who provided the service.

Document the disclosure on the individual’s record and keep it for at least 10 years.

Please contact your local police or RCMP non-emergency line, as found on their website or in your community phone directory. 

Note: according to Health Canada Office of Controlled Substances, all those working with controlled substances and precursor chemicals must take proper security measures. If a theft, loss or forgery occurs it must be reported to the local police immediately and to the Office of Controlled Substances no later than 10 working days after its discovery. To learn more, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/health-concerns/controlled-substances-precursor-chemicals/controlled-substances/compliance-monitoring.html​

To report a forgery to ACP, which will then be shared with other pharmacists across the province via our Forgery Alerts email blast, click here.

To report a forgery to Health Canada's Office of Controlled Substances, click here.

 

In the circumstance of a forgery, prescription information would not be regarded as “health information” within the meaning of this term in the Health Information Act (HIA). There is a good chance that the patient name, address and PHN are false. Additionally, if a physician did not write the prescription, then a pharmacist would not be filling the prescription in the context of providing a “health service” as defined in the HIA. Therefore, a pharmacist can provide a copy of a forged prescription to the police at their request.

A prescription submitted to a pharmacist or pharmacy technician by a patient becomes the property of the pharmacy. The pharmacist or pharmacy technician has the right to retain the prescription; if a forgery is suspected, the prescription could serve as evidence.

If an irate patient demands the return of an unfilled prescription, the pharmacist or pharmacy technician may choose to return it after stamping and initialling it to indicate that they refused to fill the prescription in question.

ACP is not a custodian under the Health Information Act and therefore cannot disclose patient information.
ACP keeps a listing of all forgery alerts received during the calendar year. You will need to login with your username and password to access this information.