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Tennessee Doctor Arrested for Opioid Fraud, False Claims

A Tennessee doctor faces 45 criminal charges related to opioid distribution, health care fraud, and money laundering, according to federal prosecutors. Dr. Samson Orusa, 56, of Clarksville, could be sentenced to up to 30 years if convicted of the federal charges. He was arrested Dec. 13 and indicted on 22 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance outside the bounds of professional medical practice, 13 counts of health care fraud, and nine counts of money laundering, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee announced. The government alleges that Dr. Orusa opened his pain clinic in 2014 ... Read More

Nevada Cardiologist Pleads Guilty to Opioid Prescription Fraud

A Nevada cardiologist charged with widespread opioid and health care fraud pleaded guilty on Nov. 26 to one charge of illegal distribution of a controlled substance, federal authorities announced. Dr. Devendra Patel, 59, was the first physician in the state to face criminal drug distribution charges under a federal push to clamp down on opioid “pill mill” clinics and the doctors who run them. The government has stepped up efforts to beat back the rising tide of opioid addiction and death, which former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the “worst drug crisis in American history.” Dr. Patel, who ran ... Read More

U.S. Injects $320 Million into Fighting Opioid Crisis

The U.S. government is expanding its fight against the nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction by dumping nearly $320 million in programs and causes it believes will beat back the drug crisis. The U.S. Department of Justice made its announcement on the first day of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, saying the “unprecedented funding will directly help those most impacted by the deadliest drug crisis in American history, including crime victims, children, families and first responders.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the giant investment will fund prevention efforts, treatment and enforcement – the three aspects of the opioid crisis on ... Read More

Aetna’s Opioid Fraud Lawsuit Against Insys Allowed to Stand

Insys Therapeutics must face a lawsuit filed by Aetna accusing the drug company of duping the health care insurance corporation into paying claims for Subsys prescriptions when the potent opioid painkiller was prescribed for unapproved, off-label purposes. U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe in Philadelphia refused to toss Aetna’s complaint in an Aug. 23 ruling. The lawsuit against Insys is one of several similar lawsuits filed by health insurers who accuse the drug maker of defrauding them into paying for Subsys prescriptions that were not just inappropriate but dangerous. Insys manufactured Subsys, the brand name for fentanyl, as a last-resort opioid ... Read More

Record Opioid Fraud Sweep Charges 600

More than 600 doctors, pharmacists, and other medical professionals have been charged with health care fraud as part of the U.S. government’s ongoing efforts to beat back the growing opioid epidemic. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the charges announced June 28 comprise “the nation’s largest-ever health care fraud takedown.” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the opioid epidemic “the deadliest drug epidemic in the history of this country.” The epidemic killed about 64,000 people by addiction and overdose in 2016. The potent opioid painkiller fentanyl was the leading cause of most addiction and overdose cases. The 601 people ... Read More