Phar­ma­cist struck off over ‘se­ri­ous dis­hon­esty’ on scheme

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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.

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