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Pharmacy Owner Made False Claims of $4.25 Million

It was announced on Friday, October 21, that Mark Gilmore has agreed to pay the government $4.25 million to resolve allegations that he 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 Gilmore 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 participants within QMedRx.

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 had been submitted to and paid by the government. In the Middle District of Florida, the government has recovered almost $70 million in fines and penalties over the past 18 months.