Prescription drug fraud
Man faces charges for allegedly falsifying script to score heavy drugs
A NORTHDALE man is facing the full might of the law for allegedly replicating a local doctor’s prescription pad to score heavy drugs from a pharmacy.
Shiraz Ebrahim Osman (45) has been charged with fraud for allegedly presenting a falsified script which appeared to be from Dr Imran Karrim to Hayfields Pharmacy. The script was for Schedule 5 drugs which can be used to get high.
He appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday and will apply for bail next week. He has not yet pleaded to the charge. According to the charge sheet, Osman is accused of handing over the script knowing that Karrim did not write the prescription.
Karrim, who has a practice on Retief Street, told Weekend Witness he had been alerted by the pharmacy that someone appeared to be using a mock-up of his script on Wednesday evening.
“I told them to delay him and then called the police and told them there was a crime in progress.”
He said the false script was convincing, and had even included a printed stamp. “Schedule 5 drugs basically get you stoned,” he explained, adding that he was against prescribing such medicaDrImr anK arrimhol dsuphisl egitimatepr escriptionp ad. PHOTO: