Nurse Calling In Scripts to Pharmacy Illegally - page 5

by nurse42long | 13,043 Views | 71 Comments

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 needs a refill for their lasix,... Read More


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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.
    nursel56, KelRN215, jadelpn, and 1 other like this.
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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.
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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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    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.
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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
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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.
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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?
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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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    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.
    roser13 and nursel56 like this.
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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.


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