Kentucky Physician Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison After Illegal Opioid Prescriptions Lead to Numerous Patient Overdose Deaths

Dr. Michael Lee Cummings, of Albany Kentucky, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, as well as three years of supervised release and a $400,000 fine after pleading guilty to 13 counts of illegally prescribing controlled substances. The investigation of Cummings began in 2015 after it was found that many of his patients had died in overdose-related […]

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Birmingham Doctor and Nurse Convicted of Health Care Fraud, Unlawful Drug Distribution, and Money Laundering

Dr. Patrick Ifediba, 60, and his sister, Ngozi Ozuligbo, were convicted for health care fraud, unlawful drug distribution, and money laundering revolving around a massive scheme that garnered nearly $8 million in fraudulent funds. According to the Department of Justice, Ifediba was operating as a doctor of internal medicine and the owner of Care Complete Medical […]

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Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. Will Pay Over $7 Million in Civil Suit Following Allegations of Price Fixing

Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc., a New Jersey-based company, has been ordered to pay more than $7 million after being charged with conspiring with its competitors to fix prices, rig bids, and allocate customers. According to the Department of Justice, Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. was part of an antitrust conspiracy which involved several other companies and leaders in the […]

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CEO and CFO of Guaranteed Returns pharmaceutical distributor convicted of fraud and will serve time in prison and will pay $115 million

CEO and CFO Will Face Time in Prison Following Massive Pharmaceutical Scheme Resulting in Millions of Stolen Funds Guaranteed Returns, a reverse pharmaceutical distributor, and the company’s senior management have been convicted in trial following allegations of wire fraud, mail fraud, obstruction of justice, theft of government property, money laundering, and false statements as part […]

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Medical Sherlock Holmes true life story — boy dying saved by Phildelphia doctor’s creativity and Zebrafish

STAT News has an interesting and instructive medical story about some creative doctors at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. It is worth reading! https://www.statnews.com/2019/07/01/precision-medicine-zebrafish-helped-save-boys-life/?utm_source=STAT+Newsletters&utm_campaign=97b7cbd0f4-Daily_Recap&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8cab1d7961-97b7cbd0f4-118516237 A boy was terribly ill. His legs and belly were swelling, and his lungs kept filling with fluid. He was going to die. Born with a rare, complex genetic condition, he […]

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Opioid painkiller manufacturer Insys Therapeutics pays $225 million to end criminal and civil cases on kickbacks to docs for increased doses

Opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics  will pay $225 million to resolve civil and criminal complaints stemming from  Insys’s payment of kickbacks and other unlawful marketing practices in connection with the marketing of Subsys. Insys’s drug Subsys is a sublingual fentanyl spray, a powerful, but highly addictive, opioid painkiller. In 2012, Subsys was approved by the Food […]

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Licensed Pharmacist indicted for fraudulent billing of antipsychotic medication clozapine and sedative alprazolam to people who had already died. Costs to Medicare, Medicaid Millions

Nabil Fakih, a licensed pharmacist, Michigan Board of Pharmacy member, and owner of a Dearborn Heights drug store, was charged with healthcare and wire fraud and indicted by a grand jury. The Indictment accused Fakih of wrongfully taking millions of United States dollars from Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), dating back to […]

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