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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Ind. Decisions - Attorney General Zoeller reaches $1.95 million settlement with CVS

From a press release issued today:

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced that a $1.95 million settlement has been reached in the State of Indiana's complaint that two pharmacists with expired licenses dispensed prescription drugs for several years at CVS Pharmacy Stores.

The case stemmed from an investigation by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). It alleged that at different times between 1997 and 2007, CVS employed as pharmacists two individuals whose licenses had expired: Morris "Mo" Skirvin at a store in Nashville, Ind., and Edward Certain at a store in Marion, Ind.

According to the investigation, Skirvin's pharmacist license expired in 1990, long before his employer Hook-SupeRx was acquired by CVS, but he did not renew the license and allegedly forged a new one each renewal period.

After MFCU began investigating Skirvin's license, CVS came forward and disclosed that another pharmacist, Certain, also had been practicing without a license. Certain had a valid license at one time but it expired in 2002 and he did not renew it, MFCU found.

Together, Skirvin and Certain filled an estimated 60,778 prescriptions, the investigation alleged, and the Indiana Medicaid program was overbilled for fees to which the unlicensed pharmacists were not entitled.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 9, 2010 04:14 PM
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