Pharmacists claiming for meds dispensed to dead patients

Human Services Minister Brendan O’Connor said the figures represented a sharp increase from the 140 pharmacies and pharmacists incorrectly claiming $1.3 million in 2010.

“Some of these pharmacists were claiming for PBS medications for dead patients, while others claimed the same prescription multiple times,” Mr O’Connor said.

But Pharmacy Guild national president Kos Sclavos said pharmacists were often put in a “truly horrible position” when they dispensed medication that cost thousands of dollars after the death of a

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