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UK aims to deter prescription fraud

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7126.167f (Published 17 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:167
  1. John Warden
  1. London

    Doctors as well as patients are to be targeted in a new drive against prescription fraud being introduced by the British government.

    Prescription fraud costs the NHS about £100m ($160m) a year, mostly through patients evading the £5.85 charge. Fraud by contractors is estimated at £10m a year but could be higher.

    The proposals are part of a government package to stamp out fraud and are based on a scrutiny report …

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