Georgia pharmacy, pharmacist to pay $2.2M to settle false billing case

Rhine (Ga.) Drug Co. and pharmacist Andrew Clements Jr. have agreed to pay a combined $2.2 million to resolve allegations they violated the Controlled Substances Act and the False Claims Act, according to the Department of Justice.

The government alleged the pharmacy and Mr. Clements submitted false claims to Medicare for drugs that were not actually dispensed to patients and failed to keep certain records as mandated by federal law.  

"Pharmacists are supposed to bill only for what they dispense and they're to keep accurate records of the prescription drugs they let walk out of their pharmacies," said Acting U.S. Attorney James Durham. "This U. S. Attorney's Office will hold accountable those pharmacists and pharmacies that seek financial gain at the expense of the public by cutting corners."

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