Canada: Mayor calls for terminations after medication fraud report

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From the Toronto Star news article:

…The mayor’s comments come after a scathing report released Tuesday by auditor Beverly Romeo-Beehler looking into “potentially excessive and unusual drug claims” found widespread problems with claims related to erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs Viagra and Cialis, as well as opioids including the highly addictive painkillers oxycodone and fentanyl.

One expert, Dr. Meldon Kahan, medical director of the substance-use clinic at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, says he’s very disturbed by the findings in the auditor’s report pertaining to opioids, saying the conclusions point strongly to drug abuse and drug dealing.

For example, the auditor’s report found 16 claimants had an equivalent of two to five years’ supply of oxycodone in at least one year, and 32 claimants had an equivalent of 19 months to 6.7 years’ worth of fentanyl patches…

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