BC Advantage - 2018 Issue 1

Trusted Medical Assistant Writes Fraudulent RX for Narcotics

"I am so scared, what do I do?" cried a panicked primary care physician who called our office. She had just received a call from a psychiatrist to verify that she had prescribed a narcotic to his patient, but she had not prescribed the medicine. In fact, the patient was the daughter of her practice's long-time medical assistant (MA) who had written the prescription on the physician's controlled drug pad without her knowledge. Then, after being confronted, the MA threatened to commit suicide if she was fired and the practice's senior doctor gave her one-week paid leave, essentially...

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