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
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 4:24am
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.