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Billerica pharmacy to pay $1.5M for Medicaid billing errors

BOSTON — A Billerica pharmacy has agreed to pay more than $1.5 million to settle allegations it improperly billed and received payments from the state’s Medicaid program when it automatically refilled prescription medications that were not requested by MassHealth patients or caregivers.

Neighborhood Diabetes, Inc., listed at 600 Technology Park Drive, unit 201, will pay more than $1.5 million in restitution to the state for the overpayments, and be subject to additional reporting requirements to ensure compliance in the future.

“We allege this pharmacy’s improper billing and refill practices resulted in unnecessary overpayments by MassHealth,” state Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement. “Our office is pleased that this resolution will provide restitution and requires compliance with state regulations.”

The investigation by the Attorney General’s Office into the pharmacy’s refill and billing practices determined that Neighborhood Diabetes, Inc., operating under the name of Neighborhood Pharmacy, implemented an “automatic refill” program which expressly violated MassHealth regulations. Current regulations prevent any pharmacy in the state from refilling a prescription that was not directly requested for refill by a MassHealth patient or caregiver.

Neighborhood Pharmacy has also agreed not to refill or bill for prescription medications without an explicit request from a MassHealth member or caregiver, or refuse to dispense drugs to any MassHealth member who is unable to pay a co-payment at the time.

Neighborhood Pharmacy is also required to comply with all applicable state and federal statutes, and provide annual training to its employees who provide pharmacy services.

The settlement is the second case in the commonwealth to address a pharmacy’s operation of an improper automatic refill program with MassHealth members. In September 2013, AllCare Pharmacy in Worcester agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle similar allegations.

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Ex-New Jersey pharmacist gets more than 6 years in prison for trying to make ricin

(Reuters) – A former New Jersey pharmacist has been sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison for “attempting to weaponize” the deadly toxins ricin and abrin and for possessing equipment for making illegal narcotics, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

Jordan Gonzalez, 34, pleaded guilty in May 2014 in federal court in New Jersey. The toxins, extracted from plant seeds, are potentially lethal to humans if ingested, inhaled or injected, even in tiny doses.

In addition to the prison term “for attempting to weaponize the lethal toxins” and possessing a prohibited flask with the intention of using it to produce illegal narcotics, U.S. District Judge Mary Cooper sentenced Gonzalez to five years of supervised release, the Justice Department said in a statement.

Gonzalez was arrested in November 2013 after law enforcement officials tracked several suspicious deliveries to his New York City apartment, including a kilogram of a toxic and explosive compound, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has said.

Searches of his homes in Jersey City and Manhattan as well as a New Jersey storage unit turned up thousands of seeds containing ricin and abrin, explosive precursor chemicals and manuals on how to produce toxins, according to the FBI.

Investigators also seized explosives, 1,000 rounds of ammunition, handguns, components for an assault rifle and “books and documents related to the collapse of social order and techniques for surviving in a lawless environment,” the FBI said.

Gonzalez admitted to investigators he was preparing the toxins and stockpiling the weapons for confrontations with other people, the FBI said.

“He was preparing for a violent confrontation that fortunately never occurred,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman for the District of New Jersey said in the statement.

An attorney for Gonzalez could not immediately be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Ex-New Jersey pharmacist gets more than six years in prison for trying to make ricin

(Reuters) – A former New Jersey pharmacist has been sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison for “attempting to weaponize” the deadly toxins ricin and abrin and for possessing equipment for making illegal narcotics, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

Jordan Gonzalez, 34, pleaded guilty in May 2014 in federal court in New Jersey. The toxins, extracted from plant seeds, are potentially lethal to humans if ingested, inhaled or injected, even in tiny doses.

In addition to the prison term “for attempting to weaponize the lethal toxins” and possessing a prohibited flask with the intention of using it to produce illegal narcotics, U.S. District Judge Mary Cooper sentenced Gonzalez to five years of supervised release, the Justice Department said in a statement.

Gonzalez was arrested in November 2013 after law enforcement officials tracked several suspicious deliveries to his New York City apartment, including a kilogram of a toxic and explosive compound, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has said.

Searches of his homes in Jersey City and Manhattan as well as a New Jersey storage unit turned up thousands of seeds containing ricin and abrin, explosive precursor chemicals and manuals on how to produce toxins, according to the FBI.

Investigators also seized explosives, 1,000 rounds of ammunition, handguns, components for an assault rifle and “books and documents related to the collapse of social order and techniques for surviving in a lawless environment,” the FBI said.

Gonzalez admitted to investigators he was preparing the toxins and stockpiling the weapons for confrontations with other people, the FBI said.

“He was preparing for a violent confrontation that fortunately never occurred,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman for the District of New Jersey said in the statement.

An attorney for Gonzalez could not immediately be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Eric Beech)

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