Corporate Compliance

Eight charged in Philadelphia pill mill case

Compliance Monitor, December 21, 2011

A Philadelphia physician and members of his former staff illegally prescribed painkillers and sedatives to patients who did not need them medically, according to a 23-count indictment announced December 14 by the Department of Justice. Charges against Dr. Kermit B. Gosnell and the members of his former staff include conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, and maintenance of a drug premises. Each of these charges carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

According to court documents, between 2008 and 2010 Gosnell saw patients after hours for office visits, which often time did not include a physical exam; he would then write prescriptions for the specific painkillers the patient desired. In exchange, patients paid an initial fee of between $115 to $150 for the office visit. After the initial visit, patients could then call the office staff at will, and Gosnell would write refills in exchange for an additional fee. Court documents indicate that some patients used multiple names in order to gain the greatest number of pills.

Visit the Department of Justice website for more information.

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