Nurse Calling In Scripts to Pharmacy Illegally - page 4

I have a question and a concern. There is a nurse where I work that calls in prescriptions to the local pharmacies for anyone that wants one. Not for narcotics or anything like that but if someone... Read More

  1. Visit  Kunzieo profile page
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    Not that it really matters in light of this entire thread, but...

    The fact that the rx was $4 leads me to believe she did NOT use your insurance. (Generic) Bactrim is cheap, and Walmart is the leader of affordable prescriptions with their $4 list. Literally hundreds of rxs can be filled for $4 cash- no insurance needed.
    Last edit by Kunzieo on Mar 3, '13 : Reason: Spelling :/
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  2. Visit  RNsRWe profile page
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    Ok, maybe I'm off-base here, but am I the only one who would drive myself to the Wal-Mart Pharmacy, with unopened bag/bottle in hand, and ask that they take this back? Telling them that there was a mix-up at the doctor's office, as you did NOT see this doctor, did NOT get this prescription in your name, did NOT ask that it be called in, and did NOT pick it up? That the co-worker who DID pick it up did so mistakenly...and you were there to correct it?

    Me, I'm pretty sure I'd go that route. Drug would be returned, issue reported, and I'd be done with it all as having been a "mistake" I'd corrected.
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  3. Visit  Kunzieo profile page
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    Good luck getting Walmart to take it back though. They would have to throw them away, couldn't return them to stock and resell them, because you could have stores them improperly or tampered with them. I worked as a pharmacy tech for 12 years for 3 different pharmacies before I was an RN. I can count on 1 hand the number of Rxs we took back in those 12 years. People would try to return them, but mostly understood why we couldn't take them back after we explained.
  4. Visit  NicuGal profile page
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    Even if they don't take it back they would have to listen to why you can't take it! They will most likely flag that doc's name.

    I would have to report it to someone....imagine how you would feel if some poor unsuspecting person dies because of something she has done.
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  5. Visit  Creamsoda profile page
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    Quote from nurse42long
    How do I report this to BON? Anyone know the procedure? I'm new at this job, less than two months and this nurse has been here 24 years. The Nurse Manager is aware of many things this nurse has done. In fact, the NM told me that "she is crazy, don't mess with her". Evidently she has stalked the NM to point of her needing to change her phone numbers. Everyone I've listened to here has told me that Administration is afraid of her. Other than this I really like this job, but I'm thinking I may just have to cut my losses as I don't need this kind of drama in my life. This is a very small rural hospital, everyone knows everyone and I'm not from around here.
    As far as the Bactrim, she went to Walmart on her hour long break and picked it up for me. Then asked for the $4.00! Afterwards, I realized that this got me involved, which is probably what she wanted. If I report her, won't I be on the line as well? I'm actually a little afraid of this person. Maybe a lot afraid.

    Let me just say...Holy crap! I guess I might start off with returnin the script to pharmacy so theres a paper trail, and imediately call the BON and report this, shes brought you into a big mess, report this and get out of there. Your not the one that picked up the script, she did, theres no way you could be found liable for anything.
  6. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    For me, it would bother me to just wash my hands of it, because I would know that she was still doing it. The whole place sounds pretty wacky if they are keeping a dangerous person who could conceivably cause the injury or death of a patient because they are afraid to fire her? I guess maybe you need to call law enforcement to help you before she lands everyone there is a whole lot of hurt.

    I've worked with a few nurses who would take it upon themselves to ask the doctor for a script for a co-worker for minor illnesses, but the fact that this person called the Rx in without informing you, OP, that she is one of those who derive a sense of control out of rushing to the rescue. Her case may be mild. In severe cases nurses cause a code situation to develop by intention, and get all the kudos for "rescuing" the patient, or diagnosing and treating a coworker all by herself.

    This case happened in 1984, but it was so chilling I've never forgotten it.

    Nurse Convicted In Infant's Death
  7. Visit  muesli profile page
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    Quote from nurse42long
    How do I report this to BON? Anyone know the procedure? I'm new at this job, less than two months and this nurse has been here 24 years. The Nurse Manager is aware of many things this nurse has done. In fact, the NM told me that "she is crazy, don't mess with her". Evidently she has stalked the NM to point of her needing to change her phone numbers. Everyone I've listened to here has told me that Administration is afraid of her. Other than this I really like this job, but I'm thinking I may just have to cut my losses as I don't need this kind of drama in my life. This is a very small rural hospital, everyone knows everyone and I'm not from around here.
    As far as the Bactrim, she went to Walmart on her hour long break and picked it up for me. Then asked for the $4.00! Afterwards, I realized that this got me involved, which is probably what she wanted. If I report her, won't I be on the line as well? I'm actually a little afraid of this person. Maybe a lot afraid.
    You should be able to report this anonymously to your state BON. Call them first and ask them whether there is an anonymous method for reporting suspicious activity btu another nurse. That way no one has to know it was you and your incompetent hospital administration will be forced to do their job. What you are describing is wrong in so many ways.
  8. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    Why would a doctor do this? Why would he just fill out random scripts for random people of some nurse friend of his? It doesn't seem like these people are paying him for these illicit prescriptions. What's in it for him?
  9. Visit  roser13 profile page
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Why would a doctor do this? Why would he just fill out random scripts for random people of some nurse friend of his? It doesn't seem like these people are paying him for these illicit prescriptions. What's in it for him?
    I think it's fairly apparent that the MD has no clue what is going on under his name's application.
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  10. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    Oh, ok.

    Wow, the doctor in question would probably kill this nurse if he found out.

    Normally I advise to stay out of these things, but this nurse has got to be stopped.
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  11. Visit  Sadala profile page
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    A nurse here got her license grabbed up asap due to calling in meds for a family member in the name of the physician for whom she worked - antibiotics I believe. It wasn't the first time she'd done it.
  12. Visit  multi10 profile page
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    OP, you are happy where you are now. Do you really want to transfer? When I am happy in a work situation, it takes more than one person to cause me to leave. There has to be a way to resolve this and allow you to stay where you are. After all, you didn't do anything wrong.

    "The Management" is afraid of this woman? I can't imagine why one person would have that much influence unless she has something on an influential person in the chain of command (i.e., knows where the bodies are buried). Perhaps she has a special relationship with the Doctor.

    You need to proceed with caution, but definitely, proceed.
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  13. Visit  jadelpn profile page
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    To look at this another way, maybe some of your information could be subjective. You do not KNOW that this nurse didn't have conversation with the MD on any prescriptions that she called in. Stick to what you DO know. She took it upon herself to obtain your information (DOB) and may have not used your insurance, but called a prescription into a pharmacy that you did not ask for, you did not see the MD for, and did not want. She then went to said pharmacy, picked up the prescription, all on her own accord. You do NOT know if she also picked up a prescription for a little vicodin for your pain, but neither do I, so I will stick to what you do know. One of the pp are correct. You need to bring the bottle back, state that you did not ask for/see an MD for/not picked up this medication, therefore, you want your account with them flagged that only you can pick up (or your s.o.) your own medication. Places like Walmart have risk management, people who deal with fraud--let them then take the ball and run with it. In the meantime, explain this to a nurse attorney (just what you know, not what you don't know) and how it could affect your license. If this woman is dangerous (and stalking one's manager--REALLY???? and it was never reported to the police????) then it is high time she stops holding everyone hostage to her delusions and scams which now seemingly everyone around is a party to. She now "hold the power" in this situation. This is not just about antibiotics. And however well meaning your family and attorney friend, I would tend to agree if you were just overhearing her calling in prescriptions--as I said before subjective information. But that she has now pulled you into her web, I would do what it took to protect myself.
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