If you face allegations of drug fraud as a physician or health care worker, you need to know the impact of these cases, not only in terms of your career but your finances and reputation as well. Physicians face drug fraud charges for various reasons and in some cases, medical professionals lose their license and their career as a result of these accusations.
Focus on some common examples of drug fraud in order to prevent these charges and if allegations have already surfaced, make sure you approach the case carefully.
What constitutes drug fraud?
On the Attorney General of Texas’ website, visitors can read about different forms of drug fraud. For example, some physicians face charges due to drug diversion abuse, which involves retaining medication for personal gain after failing to administer the medication to patients in need. Some physicians face counterfeit drug fraud charges due to providing fake, expired, altered or stolen prescription medication. Moreover, some doctors face charges due to accusations of pricing fraud, such as prescribing medication that a patient does not need in order to financially benefit.
What can physicians do when drug fraud charges surface?
If drug fraud charges have arisen, or you are facing charges related to any other type of health care fraud, you need to take immediate steps to protect your career. With your reputation and license on the line, the outcome of the case could affect your ability to practice. Closely review the details of the incident(s), go over relevant laws and pinpoint the smartest course of action. Make sure you prepare for court extensively.