Prescription Drugs

August 30, 2018

Record settlement reached in University of Michigan hospital drug diversion civil penalty case

DETROIT - The Drug Enforcement Administration and United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan today announced that the University of Michigan Health System has agreed to pay the United States $4.3 million as part of a settlement resolving allegations that UMHS violated certain provisions of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. §§ 801-904. The settlement, which is civil in nature, resulted from a years-long Drug Enforcement Administration investigation of UMHS’s handling of controlled substances.

July 13, 2018

Tampa doctor pleads guilty to distributing opioids outside DEA registration

TAMPA, Fla. – Jeffrey John Abraham (52, formerly of Tampa) has pleaded guilty to distributing controlled substances not specified in his Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration. He faces a maximum penalty of four years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. His sentencing date has not yet been set.

July 18, 2018

Upper East Side doctor convicted in Brooklyn Federal Court of causing overdose death of a patient

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - A federal jury in Brooklyn today, following two weeks of trial, convicted Dr. Martin Tesher of 10 counts of unlawful distribution of oxycodone without legitimate medical purpose to five patients, one of whom died as a result two days after his last visit with the defendant. When sentenced by United States District Judge Raymond J. Dearie, Dr. Tesher faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and a maximum of life in prison.

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