The Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Government”) and Bartell Drug, Inc. (“Bartell”), a Washington State pharmacy chain of approximately 70 pharmacies, recently reached a civil settlement in which Bartell agreed to pay a fine... Read More
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A compounding pharmacy based in Kentucky, and its owner, admitted on October 29, 2020 in federal court to unlawful distribution of compounded prescription drugs.  The Pharmacy pleaded guilty to unlawful distribution of substances that the FDA had... Read More
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You may have heard the phrase "CMS investigation." Unlike a CMS audit, which is administrative in nature, a CMS investigation usually connotes a federal criminal investigation of suspected health care fraud. A CMS investigation will likely be... Read More
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On September 9, 2020, the Justice Department (DOJ) announced an acute care hospital located in West Virginia (Hospital) agreed to pay the United States a total of Five-Hundred Million Dollars to resolve claims that it violated the Federal False... Read More
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Inspections are not uncommon in the world of healthcare and life sciences. State licensing boards, DEA, and other oversight agencies at times assert a right to inspect a medical practice or pharmacy. They usually show up unscheduled and at an... Read More
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In a continuing effort by various federal and state agencies to stop COVID-19 related frauds, the FDA has implemented “Operation Quack Hack.” As such, the FDA has issued close to 50 warning letters, and estimates that it will issue hundreds more... Read More
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