Defending Doctors, Pharmacists, and Nurses in “Pill Mill” Strike Force Cases

On April 17, 2019, the DOJ announced in a press release that the government is bringing federal criminal charges against 60 individuals, including 31 doctors, 7 pharmacists, 8 nurse practitioners, and several other licensed medical professionals, based on allegations that these healthcare providers were unlawfully distributing prescription opioid medication and committing healthcare fraud. The charges…

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Drug conspiracy charges and possible defenses for pharmacists charged in “Operation Faux Pharmacy”

The DEA announced today that it has launched “Operation Faux Pharmacy,” a large-scale investigation targeting 26 pharmacies across California, Hawaii, and Nevada. As the name Operation Faux Pharmacy suggests, the DEA is investigating whether these pharmacies distributed prescription opioids “outside the bounds of legitimate medicine” and in violation of the Controlled Substances Act. Of course, pharmacies…

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New Healthcare Fraud Arrests and “Pill Mill” Allegations for Prescribing Opioids

Doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals were arrested across the country today in a massive healthcare fraud and opioid prescribing case. The case focuses on Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE fraud as well as prescribing unnecessary compound drugs and prescription opioids like fentanyl. The Medicare Fraud Strike Force organized the arrests and targeted doctors, nurses, and health…

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