Pharmacist holding prescription The lawsuit alleges that from 2010 to 2018, instead of getting new prescriptions from patients’ doctors, Omnicare’s pharmacies just “rolled over” the prescriptions. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Manhattan U.S. attorney has filed a civil health care fraud lawsuit against pharmacy service provider Omnicare, acquired by CVS Health Corp. in 2015.

According to Modern Healthcare, CVS and Omnicare were sued for fraudulently billing Medicare and other programs for drugs for older and disabled people without valid prescriptions. Omnicare, which has been in hot water before, provides pharmacy services to long-term care facilities. In this lawsuit, it’s accused of allowing its pharmacies to dispense prescription drugs to elderly and disabled residents even though prescriptions had expired or were out of refills.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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