Pennsylvania physician gets 20 years in prison, $4M fine for pill mill

Internal and pain medicine physician Andrew Berkowitz, MD, was sentenced to 20 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for running a prescription "pill mill" from his practice, the Justice Department said May 10.Dr. Berkowitz was also ordered to pay $4 million in restitution and a $40,000 fine, and forfeit $3.4 million and four real estate properties, the department said.He ran the pill mill from his Philadelphia practice, A+ Pain Management, the department said. At every visit, patients received a "goodie bag" filled with prescription drugs with no medical necessity and regardless of what the patient sought treatment for. The bags typically included muscle relaxers a...

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