Pharmacist’s License Suspended For Selling Fake COVID Vaccination Cards
When we need prescription medications, we assume that the pharmacist will fill them appropriately. We assume that they will act ethical in their dealings and not engage in any fraud or forgery.
A pharmacist in New Jersey has had her license suspended after selling fake COVID vaccination cards. The pharmacist recently agreed to the suspension pending the case’s outcome. She was also ordered to discontinue her business, AllCare Pharmacy, or sell it by the end of August.
On three occasions, the pharmacist allegedly falsified vaccination record cards and sold them to people — who turned out to be undercover investigators — at a price of $250 each. The buyers claimed they needed the cards because they were required to be vaccinated against COVID for their jobs.
She is accused of falsely writing in lot numbers and vaccination dates for COVID shots that were never administered. The woman also entered false information into the state’s Immunization Information System database.
The Office of the Attorney General began the investigation in January. It is still ongoing. The pharmacist is facing several criminal charges, including computer criminal activity (second degree), tampering with public information (third degree), and falsification of medical records (fourth degree).
Counterfeit COVID Vaccination Cards
COVID vaccine mandates have led to a market for counterfeit cards, as the cards issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to those who are vaccinated can be easily forged. Many people have objections to the COVID vaccine for religious or personal reasons and don’t feel comfortable getting the shot. At the same time, though, they want to travel and attend concerts and other large events. Some employers also require proof of COVID and many employees want to keep their jobs, so in these situations, paying for a fake COVID vaccine card may seem like a good idea.
Getting a fake COVID card is not that hard. These illegal cards have been sold online through websites such as eBay, Amazon, and Etsy. They can also be found on social media sites and various apps, as well as the dark web. Doctors and pharmacists have been selling fake cards as well. Even everyday people are using apps and technology to create realistic-looking COVID vaccine cards and making a profit on them.
While demand for these cards is high in the United States, it’s also high in some European countries. The format in Europe is more secure, though, and less prone to counterfeiting.
Keep Your License With Help From a Tampa Pharmacist License & Pharmacy Permit Lawyer
Pharmacists work with medicines and need to act in a professional manner at all times. Their actions can lead to serious health issues and ethical concerns.
Allegations of misconduct can lead to license. If you have been affected, a Tampa pharmacist license & pharmacy permit lawyer from The Law Offices of David P. Rankin, P.A. can help resolve your issues. Fill out the online form or call (813) 968-6633 to schedule a consultation.