The arrest of a physician assistant on federal drug charges is a reminder that urgent care operators need to be vigilant for illegal prescribing practices or face the consequences. The PA, himself the operator of a pair of urgent care centers in Riverhead, NY, has been charged with conspiring to distribute oxycodone illegally. The US Justice Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, and local, county, and state law enforcement allege the PA issued prescriptions for thousands of pills over a four-year period for the purpose of reselling them for cash. Authorities say he was the target of an undercover sting operation during which he was captured on video writing phony prescriptions and receiving large quantities of cash. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment and a $1 million fine.
Oxycodone Arrest a Reminder to Watch for Illegal Rx Activity