Corporate Compliance

Utah doctor to pay $1.5 million for illegally prescribing pills

Compliance Monitor, September 16, 2009

A U.S. district judge sentenced Utah doctor, Warren R. Stack to pay $1.5 million in restitution for illegally prescribing painkillers according to a Department of Justice Press Release (DOJ). Medicare, Medicaid, SelectHealth, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Public Employees Health Plan will be reimbursed for false claims and services not rendered.


Stack was indicted in 2007 on one count of conspiracy; five counts of dispensing drugs outside the bounds of medical practice, resulting in death; seven counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance; and five counts of healthcare fraud. In accordance to a plea agreement, Stack will serve eight years in prison for conspiracy and two counts of health care fraud. As part of the agreement, the counts involving a patient death were never proven and dismissed from the case.


Prosecutors allege that from January to March 2007, Stack would see as many as 80 patients a day to prescribe painkillers without performing a medical exam, reports the DOJ. Stack coined this practice “Express Scripts.”

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