Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Fox Chase-area Pharmacy was the Top Retail Purchaser of Oxycodone in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that the United States filed a civil lawsuit against Philadelphia-based pharmacy Spivack, Inc., which previously operated under the name Verree Pharmacy, and its former owner, pharmacist Mitchell Spivack, alleging that they engaged in a years-long practice of illegally dispensing opioids and other controlled substances, and systematic health care fraud. The lawsuit alleges that Verree and Spivack illegally dispensed unparalleled quantities of opioids and other controlled substances into the Philadelphia community. The complaint seeks civil penalties and civil damages, which could total in the millions of dollars, as well as injunctive relief.

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