Department of Justice
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 7, 2023
North Carolina Pharmacy Agrees to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations
MedCare Clinic & Pharmacy, LLC (MedCare), located in Indian Trail, North Carolina, has agreed to pay $213,677 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly billing federal health care programs for medications that were never dispensed.
The United States alleged that, from Jan. 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2019, MedCare billed both Medicare Part D and North Carolina Medicaid for 200 prescription medications that MedCare never distributed to beneficiaries. According to the government’s allegations, inventory records showed that MedCare did not buy enough of these medications to fill all of the prescriptions billed to these health care programs.
“Pharmacies may bill only for medications that they actually sell,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “Our office will continue to pursue entities that knowingly and unjustly enrich themselves at the taxpayers’ expense.”
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