Police: Fake PMC nurse attempted drug fraud at Rock Hill pharmacies

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comFebruary 18, 2014 

— Two local pharmacies were able to avoid fraud on Monday after an unknown suspect called in false prescriptions, claiming to be a nurse at Piedmont Medical Center, according to Rock Hill police reports.

The person called the Walgreens on Oakland Avenue and the Bi-Lo on East Main Street, claiming to be a nurse in the emergency department at PMC calling in prescriptions for Norco, a combination of the pain killers hydrocodone and acetaminophen.

The caller claimed to represent doctors at PMC, and had their correct names and their private DEA number that allows them to prescribe controlled medications, the reports stated.

The pharmacists involved called the hospital because the caller was asking for 60 tablets at one pharmacy and 90 tablets at the second, and doctors typically prescribe only 15 at a time.

Rock Hill police contacted Eddie Black, an inspector with DHEC’s Drug Control division, who said his office has recently seen nine similar incidents statewide.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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