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Scottish GPs are being forced to return millions of prescription forms because they do not comply with strict new antifraud regulations in a move that will cost thousands of pounds. Pharmacists and doctors have been given less than six weeks to send the old forms back because the wording has been changed. The Scottish Executive, which ordered the changes, said wastage would be minimal, but the Common Services Agency of the NHS in Scotland, which is carrying out the process, has been criticised for a lack of planning and consulation. Alison Strath, who chairs the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland, said: 'The first most people heard of it was three weeks ago. Obviously we are concerned if money has been wasted because this could have been spent on patient care. '