The fake prescription-prescription drug and pharmacy scam has taken a bite out of the supply chain, but a new scam is targeting seniors and vulnerable consumers.
Read more>>A new scam targeting seniors, who have been affected by the opioid crisis, is targeting elderly people in the United States who need help with their prescriptions, according to a new report by the Center for Health and Community Partnerships.
“What we found is that seniors are really vulnerable, particularly when it comes to prescription-only, low-cost medication,” Dr. William Stover, chief executive of the Center, told Recode on Monday.
“They need medication for everything from arthritis to diabetes and their quality of life is going to be impacted.”
In some cases, the seniors are getting medication for non-medical conditions that are not covered under Medicare.
In one case, for example, a pharmacy that is licensed to sell low-price medication called Alta Pharmacy is providing a discount for seniors with chronic pain who can’t afford to buy prescription drugs.
A similar scam targeting people with Alzheimer’s disease is also taking place, the report found.
The problem is so serious, Stover said, that Medicare and Medicaid are working together to help address the issue.
“I think that the U.S. health care system is so fragile that we really need to step up our efforts,” Stover told Recodes.
“The U.N. has been very clear, there are not enough resources to deal with this problem, especially given the huge cost of the problem,” he added.