[b]Witness: PIN Rx tied to investigation of death in North Carolina[/b]
May 2, 2007
GARDINER, Maine --An investigator for the Maine Board of Pharmacy testified at a hearing on the Penobscot Indians' PIN Rx that a death in South Carolina may be linked to the defunct mail-order pharmacy.
Under questioning from board members, Tom Avery disclosed that he learned from a federal Drug Enforcement Administration source that a PIN Rx prescription bottle was found at the site of a death that's under investigation, WMTW reported.
Some people should be doing time for the goings on at PIN RX. Serious time. According to the BDN today, if the charges are true, PIN RX pharmacists Reginald Gracie and Susan Tringale could lose their licenses. That should be the least of their problems. In March, 2006 a consultin firm from Rock Port was hired by Penobscot Indian Nation Enterprises (PIN RX was only 6 months old at the time) to "assess what was traspiring and make some recommendations," according the Robert Mongell, the consultant. he quickly determined that PIN RX was already beyond rescue, and "that the goal 'would be to stop the bleding and mitigate losses' rather than to achieve financial viability."
Remember, at this point PIN RX had been in business for only 6 months.
"I have never seen a new company get into such dep water and lose so much money as fast as this one did," the BDN quoted Mongell as saying.
PIN RX's path to catastrophic failure began with "an unrealistic plan that relied almost completely on business from MaineCare," which did not materialize. PIN RX was losing about $100,000/month from the get go, as a result.
According to the BDN, Mongell's research showed that pharmacist Gracie "was getting kickbacks" from online companies, whose prescriptions he was filling - to the tune of about $90,000 (and remember, this is back in March, 2006). Mongell said he reported this to PIN RX Board president and tribal attorney Mark Chavaree, with recommendations to terminate internet sales immediately.
They did not, for fear of losing the revenue being generated by the internet sales, according to the BDN story.
I'm not a lawyer, nor do I play one on tv, but it seems to me the pharmacists and board members of PIN RX are significantly liable, criminally and civilly.
Plus, the DHHS and Governor Baldacci may be implicated in this impending political disaster, as they either knew what was going on, and ignored it, or should have known.
Mainers should be enraged that this was allowed to occur, and demand both resignations and criminal prosecutions of all involved, not just of the two pharmacists. No one should get a pass on this fiasco.
- Sockalexis Ice Arena - failed
- Sockalexis Beano Hall - failed
- Shape, Inc. - failed
- PIN Rx - failing
- $84M Indian Land Claims Settlement - wasted and frittered away
Chairman, you forgot Olamon Industries:
It is Ok , after all these were things to help us absolve
ourselves for our past sins of oppression!
Penobscot chief: Tribe was unaware of PIN Rx wrongdoing
[url=http://news.mainetoday.com/apwire/D8P2CK780-130.html]Tribe Unaware of Wrongdoing[/url]
Chief Kirk Francis said the tribe would never condone criminal activity and that its good name has been besmirched by state officials in their investigation of now-defunct PIN Rx.
If you believe hat I have a green bridge for sale $9.99 delivered!
Bill Miller must a pretty large grin on hisface about now. :lol:
2:56 PMEx-pharmacist for tribe indicted for kickbacks
The Associated Press
BANGOR — ...snip
.... 40-year-old Reginald Gracie Jr., of Bowdoin (indicted)... on 19 counts of soliciting and receiving kickbacks and two counts of filing false tax returns.
... Gracie (accused) ...of receiving more than $120,000 in kickbacks in 2006 from ...companies that sold prescription drugs over the Internet. In return, Gracie made sure PIN Rx filled the prescriptions of the companies' customers.
I'm sure the PPH is busy checking whether any of these companies (or even Gracie) made donations to Baldacci's campaigns, or any other Democrats. After all, we know the PPH is "quick on the draw" when it comes to researching donations made to Gov. LePage by folks accused of wrongdoing.
When it comes to Baldacci and his cronies the Maine media is the least inquisitive bunch I've ever seen. IN this case they'll just dust off their saddle shoes, pom-poms, and the sweaters with the big "B" on the front and have cheering practice.
GIMME A "B"...