$10.9 million bilked from Connecticut Pharmacy Benefit Plan

Connecticut Attorney General (AG) George Jepsen's office reports it is suing a pharmacy and a dozen current and retired state government employees, claiming they engaged in a scheme to defraud the state's taxpayer-funded Pharmacy Benefit Plan by filing false claims for extremely expensive compounded medicines.

Connecticut Attorney General (AG) George Jepsen's office reports it is suing a pharmacy and a dozen current and retired state government employees, claiming they engaged in a scheme to defraud the state's taxpayer-funded Pharmacy Benefit Plan by filing false claims for extremely expensive compounded medicines. The AG’s office said the suit alleges that Assured Rx, a Florida pharmacy that produces and distributes such compounded medicines on a large scale, received $10.9 million from the state’s prescription coverage plan for prescriptions of its medications that were obtained by participants in the alleged scheme. Assured Rx paid $2.7 million of that sum in kickbacks to a retired state Department of Correction employee and his former wife, along with a Florida limited liability company that they formed — called NLM LLC — through which they allegedly funneled part of what they received from Assured Rx to other state employees or retirees, whom they recruited into the scheme, the lawsuit says. Assured Rx had no immediate comment.