Misrepresenting yourself to a doctor or pharmacist, doctor shopping, or being dishonest when obtaining controlled substances from a doctor or pharmacist are examples of prescription fraud. Physicians who prescribe drugs without a legitimate purpose may be accused of prescription fraud as well. Controlled substances are drugs listed by the states or on the federal list of five drug classifications. These include opiates, depressants, and stimulants. Some of the drugs most commonly sought are morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, valium, and darvocet.
Some other examples of prescription drug fraud include:
Forging prescriptions on a stolen physician’s pad
Use of computers to create fake prescriptions
Impersonating medical staff to call in prescriptions and using own number as call-back confirmation
Altering the drug quantity on a physician’s prescription