By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law
We have recently received notice from the Florida Department of Health (DOH) that Florida pharmacies have been receiving fraudulent letters from someone claiming to be from "DOH Investigative Services."
These fake letters contain numerous errors including poor grammar, incorrect letterhead and an incorrect phone number.
The notice from the DOH regarding these forged letters, as well as a redacted example of one of the fake letters can be found here.
It is unclear what the purpose of these fake letters could be. They could be an attempt to defame the physicians whose names and license numbers are included in the letters. They could be from an angry patient, former patient, disgruntled employee or other person attempting to cause trouble. They could be an attempt to swamp the Department of Health with complaints or inquiries.
What is abundantly and immediately clear to anyone reading these letters is the unprofessional, amateurish nature of the letters and the terrible grammar. You do not find these types of mistakes in DOH correspondance.
If you think that your pharmacy has received one of these fraudulent letters, you can check the validity of the letter by calling the Department of Health at (850) 245-4444 or Division of Medical Quality Assurance at (850) 488-0595.
If you have received an actual letter from the Department of Health regarding an investigation, please visit our website at www.TheHealthLawFirm.com or contact one of our attorneys at (407) 331-6620 or (850) 439-1001.
About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.
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