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January 29, 2014

Former doctor faces new charges

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Niagara Gazette — The AG charged that between June and September 2010, Gillick, wrote prescriptions for Lortabs for a hydrocodone-dependent Medicaid recipient. That individual then returned half of the Lortab tablets to Gillick each time he filled a prescription.

The recipient told investigators he never received a medical examination or treatment from Gillick. He also admitted to using his Medicaid prescription coverage to fill the prescriptions at local pharmacies.

“Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in our state, one that ruins lives, devastates families and tears communities apart. It’s something doctors should be working to help us combat,” Schneiderman said. “(Gillick) was a (prescription drug) addict too, we believe. Now, he’s out of business. My office will continue to make an example of doctors like Gillick and send the message that this won’t be tolerated.”

In August, Schneiderman’s began the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) program. The goal of I-STOP is to give doctors and pharmacists the necessary data to detect potentially dangerous drug interactions, identify patterns of abuse by patients, doctors and pharmacists.”

“I-STOP attacks over prescribing,” Schneiderman said, “It’s a simple way to deal with the over abuse of prescription drugs.”

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