Chicago Sun Times
Psychiatrist gets 9 months for accepting kickbacks from drug firm
March 11, 2016
A Chicago psychiatrist was sentenced to nine months in prison Friday for taking nearly $600,000 from pharmaceutical companies in exchange for prescribing a certain drug to patients.
Dr. Michael J. Reinstein, 72, of Skokie, pleaded guilty last year to violating the federal Medicare and Medicaid Anti-Kickback statute, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Along with the sentence, the agreement call for him to repay about $592,000.
Reinstein, who practiced psychiatry in the Uptown neighborhood since 1973, prescribed the Clozapine to thousands of elderly patients in area nursing homes and hospitals, federal prosecutors said. At one point in the early 2000s, he was the largest prescriber of Clozapine to Medicaid recipients in the county…