Pharmacy Owner And Pharmacist Sentenced To 160 Months In Prison For $4.3 Million Pain And Scar Compounding Creams Where Referral Payments Received When TRICARE Insurance Billed

The compounding cream cases where pharmacies engaged in marketing to obtain patients and where there were billings to TRICARE insurance continue. In a recent case, after a five-day trial of one count of conspiracy to pay health care kickbacks and paying and receiving kickbacks, a long sentence was handed out by a federal district court judge to a pharmacy owner and pharmacist.  On March 30, 2018, the owner of a Florida pharmacy, Larry B. Howard, also a licensed pharmacist, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron to serve 160 months in prison and ordered to pay $4.3 million in restitution for his role in this case.Cases such as this one focus on the marketing that occurs in a party obtaining referrals for compounding creams and then pharmacies who paid the marketing company a fee for the referral and then payments to the physicians to obtain the prescriptions create a tangled tale of cross referrals andpayments. The…

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