US: How Individuals are Committing E-Prescription Fraud

The DEA informed community pharmacists on e-prescribing fraud and measures necessary to detect it.

In January 2024, a 21-year-old man from Florida was arrested for operating an online prescription drug scam, committing e-prescription fraud, and illegally selling controlled substances. In just a 5-hour span, he sent out around 18,500 prescriptions to 18 different states, Anne T. Donnelly, Nassau County District Attorney, told AP News.1

State governments first started enacting mandates that allowed for the electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) in 2010. By 2015, all 50 states legalized EPCS to curb written prescription fraud, over-prescribing, and misuse of medications such as opioids.2

Although researchers once described e-prescribing as a way to “substantially reduce the scope for fraud,”2 bad actors targeting the pharmaceutical industry have evolved and moved their activities to the internet.

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