Warning to Providers Regarding Fraudulent Prescription Scam

Warning to Providers Regarding Fraudulent Prescription Scam

5/31/2019

BlueChoice HealthPlan’s Special Investigations Unit is aware of a new scam involving the fraudulent telemarketing of prescription medications. We have received complaints from members who have received large quantities of unwanted medications and supplies. We have learned that telemarketing companies are contacting members and transferring them via telephone to a physician/nurse practitioner/physician’s assistant. The members answer questions, and then the provider issues multiple prescriptions to out-of-state mail-order pharmacies. In some instances, the quantities are extremely high doses, which could cause patients harm. In other instances, the prescription medications are for conditions the patient does not suffer from, raising concerns about patient harm.

Some of the medications:

  • CHLORZOXAZONE
  • NAPROXEN SUSPENSION
  • DERMACIN Rx
  • CALCIPOTRIEN
  • RIDURA
  • FLUOCINONIDE
  • DIHYDROERGOTAMINE MESYLATE
  • LIDOCAINE OIN 5%
  • LIDOCAINE-TETRACAINE
  • DIFLORASONE
  • FENOPROFEN CALCIUM
  • CLOBETOSOL

If you receive fax requests, or are solicited to write prescriptions, for large quantities of pre-filled medications, please notify our Special Investigations Unit at 803-264-1407. The South Carolina LLR Pharmacy Board has posted guidance on the use of telehealth services related to prescriptions. View the notice here.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.