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Compound Pharmacy Owners To Pay $7.75 Million for False Claims

Andy Miller, Tracy Miller, and the Healthmark Investment Trust have agreed to pay to the government $7.75 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act.

The United States contends that QMedRx, a compound pharmacy in Maitland, Florida, knowingly billed federal healthcare programs for services that were not reimbursable. Specifically, the government contends that from January 1, 2013, until January 22, 2014, QMedRx submitted to federal healthcare programs, compounded prescriptions that were tainted within the meaning of the Anti-Kickback Statute. Because Healthmark Investment Trust was a partial owner of QMedRx, the government sought penalties and fines from the owners who participated in the fraud. The government is still pursuing penalties and fines from other owners and participants within QMedRx.

“The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to protecting TRICARE and other federal health care programs from fraud,” said U.S. Attorney Bentley. “Those who violate the Anti-Kickback Statute to generate business will be held accountable.”

This case was developed through an initiative to track and prosecute compound pharmacies that submitted millions of dollars in improper claims to the TRICARE program. The government estimates that up to $2 billion of tainted and unnecessary compound prescriptions were submitted and paid by the government. In the Middle District of Florida, the government has recovered almost $60 million in fines and penalties over the past 18 months.