Altering doctor’s prescription landed man in court

A woman receiving her prescription medicine
A woman receiving her prescription medicine

A MAN who altered a medical prescription landed himself in court after a suspicious pharmacy worker found it wasn’t what the doctor ordered.

Hapless Wayne Jones had changed his morphine prescription date from July 27 to July 26 in order to get the drugs early - but he turned up to collect it from Morrisons, in Jarrow, on July 25.

A staff member then contacted the 42-year-old’s doctor and, after he confirmed the prescription had been written down for collection on July 27, she contacted police.

Jones, of Wuppertal Court, Jarrow, was arrested and admitted a charge of attempting to commit fraud by false representation when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that Jones had left his current prescription at his girlfriend’s address and needed his latest course early and did not want to trouble his doctor by asking him to alter the collection date.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “The member of staff saw that the two digit date had been altered. She explained to him he would have to return on the following day and then contacted his doctor at Palmers Hospital.

“Jones was arrested and admitted altering the date. He said he only did it because his medication was at his girlfriend’s address. He said he was stupid for doing it.”

David Forrester, defending, said: “He is entitled to this medication. He now knows what he should’ve done was go to the doctor and explain he needed the date changed. But he didn’t want to trouble the doctor.”

Dave Errington, chair of the magistrates, said: “We don’t believe there was any malice involved. In future go to see your doctor, even if he is busy and you feel you are being an inconvenience.

“We realise it was a genuine mistake.”

Jones was given an absolute discharge by magistrates.