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Kentucky‚Äôs Attorney General Targets Walgreens for Role in State’s Opioid Crisis

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed suit against the Walgreens drugstore chain, claiming it failed to monitor its operations that shipped and dispensed large quantities of opioids throughout its more than 70 retail drugstores in Kentucky. The suit alleges that Walgreens failed to report to state and federal authorities suspiciously large orders it received for prescription opioids at the distribution level, and failed to monitor and flag suspicious prescriptions...

New York Physician Convicted for Opioid Overdose Deaths

On May 23, 2018, a federal jury convicted a New York doctor of causing the overdose deaths of two patients by illegally prescribing oxycodone. The doctor may face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $10 million fine. In an operation aimed at identifying providers who engage in negligent prescribing, an undercover detective acquired six oxycodone prescriptions from the doctor without a legitimate medical purpose during...

The New Federal Opioid Crisis Strategy: Health Care Providers Are Still Under the Magnifying Glass

In recent years, the opioid epidemic has been bifurcated into two categories: (i) recreational users of illicit drugs and the dealers who supply them; and (ii) individuals whose addictions started with a valid prescription from a professional licensee. The recent announcement by President Trump of stricter penalties for drug crimes (including a renewed endorsement of capital punishment for traffickers) may have ostensibly shifted the public rhetoric surrounding the opioid crisis...

Government Continues to Focus on Inappropriate Billing of Pediatric Dental Services

On January 10, 2018, dental management company Benevis voluntarily, and without admission of wrongdoing, entered into a settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to pay $23.9 million to settle False Claims Act allegations arising out of whistleblower reports from employees of its affiliated Kool Smiles Dental Clinics. The DOJ alleged a practice of pressuring dentists to overuse certain procedures, such as pulpotomies and extractions, by rewarding the most "productive"...

Federal Trade Commission Alleges Antitrust Violations by Dental Suppliers

As part of its mission to ensure competition in the healthcare industry, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently filed a complaint alleging that three of the largest U.S. distributors of dental products and services, Henry Schein, Benco Dental Supply Co. and Patterson Cos. Inc., violated antitrust laws by conspiring to refuse discounts to buying groups that negotiate on behalf of individual and small-group dental practices, and agreeing not to compete...