South Carolina practice to pay $300k for non-approved Medicare submissions

S.C.-based Neurology Associates of Greenville pled guilty to submitting claims for non-approved, misbranded drugs and was sentenced to pay $300,000 in a separate civil case brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office, according to the Department of Justice.

An investigation by the Office of the Inspector General found the practice purchased Botox that wasn't approved by the Food and Drug Administration through interstate commerce from 2010 to 2013.

Under federal law, no form of Botox may be commercially distributed for human use unless approved by the FDA. The only company approved and licensed by the FDA to commercially manufacture the drug is Parsipanny-Troy Hills, N.J.-based Allergen, according to the article.

The practice was given three years of federal probation. No fine was imposed, given the verdict and subsequent fine in the parallel civil case brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office, according to the article.

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