Canada: Pharmacist fakes robbery at his own store to cover up fentanyl trafficking 

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From the Ottawa Citizen article: An Ottawa pharmacist who faked a robbery at his own drugstore to cover up the “mountains” of fentanyl patches he trafficked has been found guilty of his crimes, in what appears to be the city’s first case of narcotics trafficking in the profession and the latest effort to deal with […]

Canada: ‘Unexplained losses’ of opioids on the rise in Canadian hospitals 

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From the Maclean’s article: …Health Canada data obtained by CityNews through an Access to Information request reveal between 2010 and September 2017, opioids went missing from Canadian hospitals 5,689 times and the quantities varied from a few tablets to packs of 100 pills. The highly addictive and potent fentanyl is disappearing from Canadian hospitals at […]

U.S. Justice Department sets sights on opioid-ravaged cities 

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From the news item: Sessions said the group of prosecutors he has dubbed the “opioid fraud and abuse detection unit” will rely on data in their efforts to root out pill mills and track down doctors and other health care providers who illegally prescribe or distribute narcotics such as fentanyl and other powerful painkillers. Such […]

U.S. — Connecticut Physicians Charged with Healthcare Fraud, Money Laundering 

From the IndiaWestnews article: U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly July 26 announced that a federal grand jury in Bridgeport returned an indictment charging Dr. Bharat Patel with narcotics distribution, healthcare fraud and money laundering offenses, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release. Patel, 70, of Milford, Ct., […]

U.K. — Aberdeen fraud pharmacist to pay £432,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act 

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From the BBC news item: …Conrad Chau altered prescriptions to get pharmaceutical firms to send him more drugs at a discounted price so he could sell them on to other companies at a profit. The offences took place in 2013 while he was owner of the Holburn Pharmacy. {snip} The fraud was discovered when a […]

6 Canadians arrested in U.S. extradition request for allegedly selling fake cancer drugs online 

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From the CBC news article: Six Canadian men have been arrested under the Extradition Act in connection with an international internet drug investigation involving the distribution of counterfeit cancer drugs Read more at the link:

Mylan may have overcharged U.S. for EpiPen by $1.27 billion: HHS 

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From the Reuters news article: The U.S. government may have overpaid drugmaker Mylan N.V. by as much as $1.27 billion between 2006 and 2016 for its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment, the Department of Health and Human Services said on Wednesday. Read more at the link:

Pharmacist accused of defrauding province was implicated in another police investigation, his trial hears 

From the Windsor Star news article: …Shae Lynn Stanbra, who was a detective-constable assigned to investigate health-care fraud for the OPP’s anti-rackets squad, testified she had been probing another individual when D’Angelo’s name “came up.” Cautioned by assistant Crown attorney Tom Meehan not to give details of the other investigation, Stanbra merely said it morphed […]

U.S — Feds Recover $4.7B from Drug Companies, Other Industries 

From the Drugwatch  news article: …Of that, $2.5 billion came from the health care industry, including drug companies, medical device companies, hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories and physicians. The False Claims Act gives authorities the power to fight alleged fraud in a wide variety of industries receiving federal funds. It also includes financial incentives for whistleblowers […]

U.S. — 2 Individuals Charged in $31-Million Health Care Fraud Scheme 

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From the Pharmacy Times news article: …Additionally, Francois also falsely stated that none of the Atlantic pharmacists had been disciplined by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Francois had actually owned a pharmacy that the DEA suspended in 2004. The defendants allegedly submitted $37 million in false and fraudulent claims to TRICARE and FEHBP through […]