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Pharmacy charged with defrauding military health care program

The Justice Department has accused a Florida pharmacy and the Los Angeles private equity firm that owns it of bilking a military health care program out of millions of dollars by pushing unneeded vitamins and creams.

In a filing in federal court in Miami, federal prosecutors said compounding pharmacy Patient Care America billed Tricare for more than $68 million in prescriptions over eight months in 2014 and 2015.

Those payments, prosecutors allege, were tainted because PCA paid kickbacks to marketers who pushed unnecessary prescriptions, worked with doctors who wrote prescriptions without examining patients and illegally paid patients' co-pays to encourage them to fill unneeded prescriptions.

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