Sydney pharmacist Shelley Ross's drug abuse earns suspension

The fitness of a pharmacist in Sydney, N.S., is being assessed after she served a suspension for writing fake prescriptions.

Ross ordered to pay $15K in fines and costs

Shelley Ross wrote fake prescriptions and used some for herself.

The fitness of a pharmacist in Sydney, N.S., is being assessed after she served a suspension for writing fake prescriptions. 

Shelley Ross of Royal Avenue was a pharmacist at the Meadows Pharmasave on Kings Road. Before that, Ross worked at the Zellers pharmacy. 

The Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists suspended Ross for six months after determining she took benzodiazepenes for her own use and without a prescription.

She was also fined $5,000 and ordered to pay $10,000 in costs. 

The college found Ross also wrote 160 phony prescriptions and billed an insurer. She was found to have taken thousands of lorazepam tablets without authorization.

"Ms. Ross acted unlawfully and without honesty or integrity in creating and dispensing a total of 160 prescriptions between February 2008 and March 2013 that Ms. Ross knew were neither valid nor authentic [and] fraudulently billed those prescriptions to an insurer," the ruling reads. 

Her suspension ran from August 2013 to February 2014. The decision was only announced recently. 

The college's decision says it's assessing her fitness to practise because of the abuse.