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Red Flags and Fraudulent Prescriptions

Level of activity: Intermediate

Setting: Classroom


ACPE Standards 2016: 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.6

EPAs: Population Health Promoter (Minimize ADEs and errors, appropriate medication use)

PPCP: Collect, Assess, Plan, Communicate

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Deanna Tran, PharmD, BCACP, is Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Dr. Tran received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland. She completed a post-graduate community-based residency at Virginia Commonwealth University/Martin’s Pharmacy and became a Board-Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist in 2013. Her practice site is the University of Maryland Family Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, where she provides medication therapy management, adherence assistance, and anticoagulation management services to patients. Dr. Tran also precepts the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience elective in Teaching. Dr. Tran is codirector of the Pharmacy Practice Laboratories and a co-course manager for Abilities Lab 4 (skills lab) for P2 students at the University of Maryland. She also teaches a variety of topics related to ambulatory care and community pharmacy including immunizations and self-care. She previously served as Secretary of Knowledge Management for AACP’s Laboratory Instructors SIG.

Dr. Leah Sera, PharmD, MA, BCPS, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and Program Director for the Master of Science in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Dr. Sera received her PharmD from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 2010. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, and a specialty residency in pain management and palliative care at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and completed a Master of Arts in Instructional Systems Development at the University of Maryland Baltimore County 2017. Dr. Sera teaches a variety of topics, including pain and palliative care, autoimmune disease, and community pharmacy topics, in required and elective courses in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. She also mentors pharmacy students in the Geriatric and Palliative Care Pathway. Additionally, Dr. Sera holds an associate faculty position at the University of Maryland Graduate School. Dr. Sera maintains an active clinical practice in the Transitional Care Center at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

Brief Overview and Setting

The purpose of this activity is to allow students to become familiar with different types of fraud related to prescription medications, characteristics of fraudulent prescriptions, and techniques to manage prescription fraud. This activity currently takes place in the laboratory curriculum at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, which enrolls 120 students each year. This 50-minute activity takes place in the second professional year of a ...

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