The state of Georgia has joined a class-action lawsuit along with 17 other states and several other entities. They allege that CVS Pharmacy violated the False Claims Act by submitting bogus claims for controlled drugs to Medicare. At issue, according to the plaintiffs, is that certain medications such as codeine and oxycodone are controlled by the Drug Enforcement Administration via the assignment of each drug prescription with a registered number. The plaintiffs allege that for a period of five years CVS knowingly omitted the controlled drug number in one out of every five claims it submitted to Medicare for payment.
Furthermore, it is the plaintiffs' assertion that as a result of CVS' fraudulent practices it allowed the increased availability of the controlled drugs to the black market. Even worse is that CVS accomplished that goal not through common error or mistake, but rather as a concerted effort to bilk state and federal programs for profit.