The Department of Justice Takes Over Biggest Fraud Case in State’s History
Waukesha pharmacist blows the whistle on illegal drug sales
By Robyn Cherry
PharMerica is being investigated by the Department of Justice after Waukesha pharmacist Jennifer Denk discovered drugs were being dispensed under her license without a doctor’s prescription. Denk reported her findings to her supervisors and contacted federal authorities after no action was taken.
Denk said, “I took an oath when I graduated from pharmacy school, and I felt I had no choice but to follow my oath.”
PharMerica is a nationwide pharmaceuticals services company that contracts to provide pharmacy services for long-term care facilities and a vast amount of the 40 million presciptions PharAmerica has filled between 2007 and 2009 came from Medicare Part D billings.
According to Denk’s attorney, Nola Hitchcock Cross, PharMerica could face up to 100 million dollars in damages because triple damages are available to whistle-blowers or fines for each of the false invoices submitted to the government.