A pair of Tennessee physicians pled guilty last week to Federal charges relating to allegations that they illegally distributed tens and hundreds of thousands of opioid pills to their patients.
The two doctors each pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance last Friday after Federal investigators say they wrote scrips for high doses of opioids to patients with no medical necessity for such drugs and in such dosages. Investigators say both doctors engaged in the practice at least since 2015 and continued illegally prescribing high-dose opioids until the spring of last year.
Per Federal investigators, one doctor wrote scrips for 212,226 opioid pills that were not medically necessary, while the second doctor allegedly wrote scrips for a total of 59,712 unnecessary opioid pills. One of the defendants allegedly admitted to writing scrips for opioid pills in excess of Centers for Disease Control guidelines and continued to write scrips for opioids for patients that tested positive for non-prescribed prescription drugs and other illegal substances.
The second doctor allegedly admitted to writing scrips for opioids for patients he had not evaluated nor reviewed records in order to determine medical necessity for such drugs.
Both men entered their pleas in the courtroom of Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, who is scheduled to sentence them in late March of next year.
The charges against the two doctors are the result of an investigation by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is a team made up of agents from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
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