Drugmaker paid doctors with problem records to promote its pill
By Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken, CNN Investigates
December 4, 2017
… Begin ExcerptState prosecutors accused Florida psychiatrist Gregg Friedman of billing the Medicaid program more than $1 million, for example, saying that much of the money was for patient visits that never happened. In 2000, he was charged with felony grand theft and “organized scheme to defraud,” in addition to 18 counts of Medicaid fraud. CNN wasn’t able to determine the resolution of his criminal case because the records were destroyed under state retention laws. But the state medical board took action, suspending Friedman’s license and putting him on probation for five years.
He settled the case without admitting guilt.
Friedman, who has traveled around the country at Avanir’s expense long after he was disciplined by the board, received hundreds of payments from Avanir and Otsuka between 2013 and 2016 –totaling nearly $200,000. When reached by CNN reporters by phone, Friedman hung up after being asked about his work with Nuedexta. He did not respond to subsequent requests for comment.
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