Lehighton doctor settles with U.S. for alleged False-Claim Act violations

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — A Lehighton family medicine doctor has settled a civil lawsuit filed by the U.S. over alleged “False Claim Act” violations.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Dr. Peter J. Baddick III has agreed to pay the U.S. $60,000 to resolve any civil liabilities for alleged claims of the False Claims Act.

According to U.S. Attorney, Gerard M. Karam, between April 2015 and December 2015, Dr. Baddick prescribed the opioid medication Subsys, a fentanyl-based spray, used to treat cancer pain, manufactured by Insys Therapeutics, to patients who did not have a cancer diagnosis.

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Karam says Dr. Baddick then billed Medicaid and Tricare for the visits associated with the Subsys prescriptions given to patients.

Due to this, the U.S. filed a civil lawsuit against Dr. Baddick in April 2022.

“This office is dedicated to combatting fraud and abuse impacting taxpayer-funded programs. We use every tool at our disposal to do so, and this resolution reflects that commitment,” said United States Attorney Karam.

U.S. Attorneys say the settlement is not an admission of liability by Dr. Baddick, nor is it an admission by the U.S. that its claims are not well founded.

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