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Pharmacy charged meds for dead to TennCare

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville company will pay as much as $7.8 million in a settlement related to accusations that it charged Medicare and TennCare for medications for dead patients.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1MSqyYO ) reports U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee David Rivera on Tuesday announced the settlement of the False Claims Act case involving Nashville Pharmacy Services, which specializes in dispensing HIV and AIDS medications.

According to a news release, the company billed Medicare and TennCare for medications for 15 patients after they had died and billed for medications for 22 people who didn’t have prescriptions.

The company didn’t admit liability, but will have to make contingency payments based on its revenue to the federal and state governments for the next five years. Rivera says those payments could reach $7.8 million.

Board Adopts New Rules for Compounding Pharmacies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy says it has adopted new regulations for compounding pharmacies licensed by the state following recent outbreaks of illnesses associated with tainted medicines created at these specialty pharmacies.
The Pharmacy Board said in a news release that the new rules will improve safeguards for public health while also ensuring that drugs in short supply will be available. Compounding pharmacies mix custom formulations of drugs based on doctors’ specifications.
The board said the changes include expedited suspension of sterile compounding by a pharmacy or manufacturer after a serious problem is discovered and adding sterile compounding registration to licenses issued by the state.