Locum admits writing false script

He claimed he was threatened by an unknown man

A pharmacist reportedly wrote out a prescription for codeine after he was threatened, according to the Swindon Advertiser.

Lawyers for the locum pharmacist claimed he was threatened by an unknown man while he was putting the bins out outside his home.

They reportedly told Swindon Magistrates’ Court last week that the pharmacist was “challenged by an individual who says ‘get me this stuff or else’”.

“He’s hoping – his plan was – that the person would come into collect the prescription and because of it being poorly written out, because they are quantities that would raise suspicion with any reasonable pharmacist, he was hoping that the person would either be refused and or the police called.”

The lawyer warned his client, who pleaded guilty to making a false prescription for a drug, could be struck off as a result of the plea.

He also told the magistrate that the pharmacist had suffered threats and even violence, having recently been stabbed with a needle.

However the prosecutor said the defendant’s version of events was not accepted by the Crown, with a suggestion of financial motive.

The matter has been set down, to be heard on 30 July at Swindon Magistrates’ Court.

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