Wednesday 20 February 2019

PA 'under stress' when she forged GP's prescription

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A PA in a marketing firm forged a prescription for medication when working "incredibly long hours" proved too much for her, a court heard.

Louise Kavanagh (41) changed a GP's script to receive more medication than was prescribed, but was caught when pharmacy staff became suspicious and called gardai.

Dublin District Court heard she had been working an average of 14 hours a day and was under stress.

Kavanagh, of Kittiwake, Barnageeragh Cove, Skerries, pleaded guilty to forgery.

Judge Bernadette Owens adjourned the case and said she would leave Kavanagh without a conviction if she made a €500 charity donation.

The court heard gardai were called to a pharmacy in Drimnagh on August 26 last year after staff became suspicious when a prescription was handed in by the defendant.


The incident was investigated and it transpired that Kavanagh had been given a genuine prescription by her GP but had altered it to receive more medication than had been prescribed.

She had no previous convictions.

The accused had been working "incredibly long hours" and an average day entailed being at her job from 8am to 10pm, her lawyer said.

"The stresses and strains of that proved a little bit too much for her," he added.

Kavanagh worked as a PA in a large marketing firm, the court heard.

She was stressed and very anxious at the time of the off-ence and lost her "clarity of thought", her barrister said.

The consequences of a conviction for her employment would be "quite devastating".

Judge Owens adjourned the case to a date in December and said she would consider leaving the accused without a conviction if she paid €500 to the Capuchin Day Centre.

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