Three doctors, three pharmacy owners, two pharmacists and three patient recruiters were among 13 defendants pleaded guilty to charges of a $ 126 million fraud program in Texas, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Office of Workers & # 39; Compensation Programs and Tricare, which provide civilian health benefits to U.S. military personnel.
The defendants were accused of paying returns to patient recruiters and physicians to persuade them to prescribe compound drugs to injured federal workers and members of the armed forces.
"The defendants chose the specific associations and other drugs not based on the patients' medical needs but in light of the amount of compensation for the drugs," the Justice Department said in a statement. "The drugs were then sent to the patients, even though the patients often never requested, wanted or needed them." for February.