When you think about pharmacists, you might think that they have the power to prescribe medications to people. After all, they work with various drugs and medications every day.

The reality is that pharmacists do not have the same prescribing powers as physicians. While many states allow pharmacists to prescribe at least some kinds of medications, the likelihood is that a local pharmacist won’t be able to prescribe for more serious conditions.

What is a pharmacist’s actual job?

Pharmacists are actually trained to provide care to patients using medications. They can help look for side effects or risks to a patient, double-check a doctor’s order for a drug that may conflict with another that a patient takes and even create medications, if they are working in a compounding pharmacy.

What happens if a pharmacist forges a prescription?

If a pharmacist forges a prescription from a doctor or writes a prescription for a medication they have no authority to prescribe, they could get into trouble with the law as well as with their state medical board. The pharmacist could have their license threatened or taken away, depending on the severity of their offense and if it was clear that what they were doing was against the law or not allowed under their license.

If you are accused of writing a forged prescription, it’s a serious accusation that you need to address quickly with a strong defense. Your attorney will work with you show why you shouldn’t face penalties for the alleged charges you face. Defending yourself early is important if you want to have a chance to preserve your license and to prevent serious drug charges from turning into a conviction.