Three Indian-American physicians from Pennsylvania have been charged with health care fraud and illegal distribution of buprenorphine -- medication for opioid addiction treatment.The physicians -- Dr Krishan Kumar Aggarwal, 73, Dr Madhu Aggarwal, 68, and Dr Parth Bharill, 69 -- are part of the Redirections Treatment Advocates, an opioid addiction treatment practice with offices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.The indictments alleged that the doctors, working as contractors at various locations, created and distributed unlawful prescriptions for buprenorphine, known as Subutex and Suboxone, a drug that should be used to treat individuals with addiction.They were also charged with conspiracy to unlawfully distribute buprenorphine.The three have also been charged with health care fraud for allegedly causing fraudulent claims to be submitted to Medicare or Medicaid for payments to cover the costs of the unlawfully prescribed buprenorphine.All of them face maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of USD 250,000 for each of the counts charging unlawfully dispensing Schedule III controlled substances.The indictments came as part of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit created by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year.The unit uses data to target opioid-related health care fraud.
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