Franceinfo was able to obtain one of these fake prescriptions and describe the process in detail. It is enough to see an advertisement on social networks that promises future recruits a salary of several hundred euros per day. The only condition is 100% reimbursement or CMU (Comprehensive Health Insurance) benefits. Then everything happens in Telegram, in encrypted messaging.
The interlocutor asks for the last name, first name, age and city. After providing this information, a fake prescription is sent by email. The latter looks like a real one: title, doctor’s name, treatment and amount. The price can go up to 14,000 euros per box. The interlocutor explains that it is enough to go to the pharmacy, pick up the medicine and give it to him personally for money (200 euros for a box, 1000 for four).
According to OCLAESP, the central health and environmental agency, these drugs are then resold abroad. When asked by Franceinfo, the National Health Insurance Fund does not give any figures on the total damage, but gives an example: in one year, two hospitals estimated the amount stolen at more than four million euros due to false prescriptions written in their name. .
How to avoid fraud?
At the European Hospital in Marseille, whose name appears on several fake prescriptions, the private institution claims to work closely with pharmacies, who contact it if they have any doubts about a prescription. Since the beginning of the year, the system has identified “about fifteen” false appointments, according to the hospital.
For their part, pharmacists are trying to identify counterfeit prescriptions, but the task is becoming more and more difficult because “the quality of counterfeit prescriptions has improved significantly and may not withstand the vigilance of pharmacists,” confirms Alain Delgutte of the National Order of Medicine. Pharmacists. No more spelling mistakes and rude prescriptions, “sometimes we even have a doctor’s stamp with an RPPS number (the official number of medical workers),” Alain Delgutte clarifies.