Do you need a defense attorney for compounding pharmacy fraud? If so, you’ve come to the right place. The Neal Davis Law Firm stands ready to fight for your legal rights when facing a compounding pharmacy fraud charge.
Perhaps you’re aware of a federal investigation targeting you as a compounding pharmacy or a physician. If so, you should reach out to a healthcare fraud defense lawyer near you immediately, especially if you’ve been notified of the investigation by means of a civil investigative demand (CID) from the federal government.
A CID often asks for documentation related to possible violations of the False Claims Act. Such documents can be very extensive. They may include documentation of physician relationships, marketing agreements, company records, medical records, and other financial information.
When facing such demands for documents, you can act with help from your compound pharmacy fraud attorney to lower the scope of the documents demanded. This can greatly reduce your time and expense in gathering and sending documents.
Your attorney can also work to interpret the CID’s demands and launch discussions with federal prosecutors. These prosecutors may be open to good faith negotiations in terms of providing them with the evidence they want without costing you greatly by having to produce non-critical information.
In addition, negotiations with federal authorities can help lead to productive resolution of the issue, including mitigated penalties that take into account your good faith approach.
Today, many federal investigations are underway involving compounding pharmacies, and they can affect pharmacies far more negatively than necessary. That’s because federal authorities are aggressively targeting compounding pharmacies to lower abuse and fraud in healthcare.
Such heated investigations are sweeping through the healthcare industry — including Medicaid and Medicare — not just compounding pharmacies. In some cases, federal healthcare fraud sting operators roundup many people, not all of whom should be caught in their net. The FBI even displays an ongoing healthcare fraud news on its website.
One particular focus has been TRICARE, which is a military health insurance program that paid out almost $2 billion for compound pharmaceutical drugs recently.
Investigators are also targeting schemes of compounding pharmacies to overbill federal agencies, as well as schemes to get more compounding prescriptions from physicians by providing financial incentives or kickbacks.
Investigations of compounding pharmacies often spring from the False Claims Act. Violating that act via false or fraudulent claims can lead to a $5,000 to $10,000 civil penalty per claim and a sanction to pay back three times the amount of the damages to the federal government.
Such violations can extend not only to compounding pharmacies themselves, but also to prescribing physicians, marketing representatives, sales reps, and others who promote compounding medications. However, about 75 percent of all healthcare fraud cases involve businesses such as compounding pharmacies, not individuals.
Clearly, a compounding pharmacy fraud allegation should be taken very seriously. And that means quickly engaging an experienced healthcare fraud defense lawyer.
If you reside in Houston, Harris County, Fort Bend County and Montgomery County, contact us today at the Neal Davis Law Firm for a confidential legal review of your case. Let us defend you against allegations of healthcare fraud or abuse.
Especially when compounding pharmacy investigations are involved, you need a skilled and knowledgeable healthcare fraud defense attorney. You need the Neal Davis Law Firm.