Omnicare, DEA Settle Kentucky Medication Error Lawsuit

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The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has recently reached a settlement with Omnicare, a Kentucky pharmaceutical service provider, in its lawsuit against the company. The suit claimed dispersal errors on the part of some Omnicare pharmacies, citing pre-signed and authorized prescription forms as a violation of DEA dispersal regulations. The settlement of the suit will require a $50 million payment from Omnicare to the U.S. government. 

Omnicare, based out of Covington, Kentucky, owns a string of pharmacies and offers drug and pharmaceutical consulting and data management services, primarily for geriatric and long-term care patients in assisted living and nursing institutions. The $50 million settlement clears Omnicare’s name of all charges. 

According to Reuters, Omnicare stands behind the ideals of the suit: “Omnicare is committed to compliance with the laws and regulations enforced by the DEA,” said John Figueroa, Omnicare’s Chief Executive Officer. “We believe this settlement provides long-term care pharmacies, long-term care facilities and prescribers with clear direction regarding the procedures that must be followed when dispensing controlled substances. 

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If you or a loved one has been the victim of a medication error, contact a Kentucky medication error attorney at the Gray & White law firm today. Call 502-210-8942 or 888-450-4456 to begin discussing your case today.