Warning over forged prescriptions
Pharmacists have been put on alert for forged prescriptions after medical pads were stolen in a raid on a doctor’s office late last week.
The Pharmacy Council is urging its members to be extra vigilant amid concerns that addicts could use the pads to make false prescriptions for controlled drugs.
Cash and medical sick note certificates were also taken in the raid on Cayman Clinic in George Town late Thursday or early Friday.
Burglars broke into Crewe Road office by smashing the windows at some point between 10 p.m. Thursday and 6:50 a.m. Friday.
“There was significant disruption caused to all medical services at the location on Friday and inconvenience caused to medical patients.
“Damage to windows, office furniture, general and specialist medical supplies were caused by the burglars,” police said in a statement.
The Clinic was open as normal on Monday. Donald McLean, chairman of the Pharmacy Council, said pharmacists would need to be on the lookout for potentially forged prescriptions.
“We have had a few forgeries in the past, but I wouldn’t say it is a big problem generally. It will certainly be up to pharmacists to be aware of the possibility of forged prescriptions because there are missing prescription forms.”
Police also urged employers to be aware that medical sick note certificates had also been stolen.
“Members of the public, professional medical staff and employers on island are asked to be vigilant in checking any such produced documents bearing Cayman Clinic details and report suspected fraudulent forms produced.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the George Town Police Station at 324-0683 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477(TIPS).