Pharmacist struck off over ‘serious dishonesty’ on scheme
A pharmacist who got ¤33,000 from the HSE for 669 reimbursement claims made over five months for prescription-only medicines for herself and her children, which an inquiry found were not supplied to them, has had her registration cancelled by the High Court.
Beatrice Ross and her two children enjoyed good, normal health, the court heard. Her claims stopped in 2013 after the HSE queried them and she failed to produce prescriptions for the medicines claimed, many of which were expensive and not appropriate for children.
Her family doctor had said he had never prescribed the medicines.
Pharmacies at Fermoy, Co Cork, and Cahir, Co Tipperary, of which Ms Ross was the proprietor, were inspected after a “red flag” was raised in July 2013 by the HSE’s Primary Care Reimbursement Scheme (PCRS).
Mr Justice Peter Kelly said Ms Ross’s conduct involved “serious dishonesty”. Ms Ross appeared to have returned to her native France did not attend before the inquiry and was not represented.