Everyone knows about Medicare, Medicaid and all of the benefits that these healthcare programs provide. However, there is a problem known as pharmaceutical fraud that involves making phony claims to healthcare providers in order to receive money. The pharmaceutical industry relates to the pharmacy where people receive medication, so, pharmaceutical fraudsters take advantage of this part of the healthcare industry using various tactics. Anyone connected to this crime should understand the consequences of the crime, and then seek out a qualified lawyer.
What is Pharmaceutical Fraud?
The False Claims Act is designed to monitor the fraudulent acts that occur in the healthcare industry and to set rules for liability. There are many different ways that people commit this type of fraud, so the situation may become confusing. That is why hiring a lawyer is the best option for anyone accused of this charge, no matter what the situation. In some cases, this fraud is committed if you have violated Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) rules that control how manufacturers operate. The healthcare manufacturing facilities are required to run a certain way with properly trained workers and stringent laboratory operations. Any violations can be reported as fraud. Another issue is off-label marketing that involves selling a drug for reasons that are not approved by the FDA.
In addition, some pharmaceutical companies engage in fraudulent price reporting to change the best price or reduce the money owed to the government. They can also change information about the origin and condition of the drugs. Some fraudsters engage in the illegal and mass manufacture of drugs with formulas that have not been approved, too. Doctors and medical providers can also get involved in this type of fraud by receiving gifts from pharmaceutical companies if they promote certain drugs or services. All of these activities could cause serious physical harm to healthcare patients and cause financial losses for the government.
When regular people engage in pharmaceutical fraud, they manipulate the way that they request or receive medications. Some people change a few details on a doctor’s prescription. Other people steal the entire prescription pad to write many prescriptions over a long term. Some people engage in buying drugs without the required prescription or selling drugs illegally for cheaper prices. There are also actions that involve sending in false information to cheat the Medicare or medicaid system. All of these actions could lead to serious medical emergencies for people with serious health problems.
What Are the Punishments for Pharmaceutical Fraud?
If you have been accused of defrauding the healthcare industry, the most obvious punishment is the revocation of your professional license. As a pharmacist, doctor, nurse or other medical provider, this means you will no longer earn an income under your profession. You could receive a light misdemeanor or a heavy felony that leads to years of imprisonment, based on the details of the case.
How Lawyers Can Help
There are professional criminal defense lawyers who understand the complexity of pharmaceutical law. As a client, you must choose legal professionals with the required educational background, several years of experience and a high number of winning cases. A case that involves an individual person who writes prescriptions illegally is not the same as a case that involves a drug manufacturing corporation that makes deadly drugs. You must choose the right lawyers with the right expertise to handle your specific form of pharmaceutical fraud. Only these experienced professionals can get you the results you need.
Pharmaceutical fraud is a serious charge and for a good reason – many people could die because of it. Fraudulent pharmacists manipulate the way that drugs are manufactured or violate regulations set by the healthcare industry. Individuals alter the way that their doctors create prescriptions. For any situation, Raiser & Kenniff attorneys are experienced in the area of pharmaceutical law and remain committed to clients in need of assistance.
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