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Doctor denies opioid fraud allegations

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Justice Department prosecutors last year in Massachusetts announced the indictment of Michael Babich, 40, who is the former CEO of Insys Therapeutics, on a range of felony charges including conspiracy to commit racketeering related to sales of Subsys, a fentanyl spray used in cancer patients who experience severe pain.

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Sun

One of the three doctors accused of prescribing opioids for money is denying he or the others did anything wrong.

Nikesh Seth, the only one of the doctors who returned a call seeking comment about the lawsuit filed Wednesday by Attorney General Mark Brnovich, acknowledged he did get money from Insys Therapeutics to speak about its drug Subsys. In fact, Seth told Capitol Media Services that he along with the other two doctors named in the lawsuit — Steve Fanto and Sheldon Gingerich — were the only three in the state that were speakers for Insys.

The lawsuit separately charges the Chandler-based company with misleading patients and doctors about the dangers of the drug and of lying to insurers about the condition of the patients in a bid to get payment for the drug.

But Seth denied any link between the number of prescriptions he wrote for the sublingual version of the powerful opioid fentanyl and the money.


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