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Around-the-clock forgery reporting

September 18, 2012

Don’t forget that you can report a forgery any time of day or night with ACP’s online forgery reporting form. You can find it on the ACP website under Prescriber Lists/Forgery Alerts.

Reporting a forgery attempt to ACP:
  • promotes awareness of forgery attempts and tactics;
  • helps prevent diversion of drugs; and
  • helps us create a list of forgery attempts for the calendar year, so that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have another tool to aid them in forgery detection.

What details will I need to provide?

  • 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

Be sure to include the relevant details listed here, as well as a phone number where we can reach you during business hours. We may need to follow up with you for additional information or clarification.

Sooner is better
The alerts are most effective when sent out just after the attempted forgery, so please contact us with details as soon as possible.

For more information about forgeries, see page 5 of the Nov/Dec 2011 acpnews.

Originally published in the September 18, 2012 issue of The Link