According to Fusion, Elizabeth Gurrieri, a former Insys Therapeutics manager, was charged last week with conspiring to defraud insurers. Gurrieri was in charge of sales of the potent pain medication fentnyl, an opioid 50 times stronger than heroin. the drug is normally sold only to late stage cancer patients and most insurance companies will only pay for its use in cancer treatment. Gerrieri created a plan to trick insurance companies to pay for the drug for patients without life threatening illness. Insys Therapeutics employees have reportedly paid kickbacks to medical professionals to get them to prescribe their drugs off label. The company recently settles a 1.1 million dollar lawsuit in Oregon without admitting wrongdoing.
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