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Director of Towson pain management clinic sentenced for conspiracy to distribute, dispense oxycodone

BALTIMORE, MD—The director of a Towson pain management clinic has been sentenced for conspiracy to distribute and dispense oxycodone. U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III on Tuesday sentenced Norman Rosen, 84, of Towson, to four months of home detention as part of 18 months of probation, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and dispense …


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Associate Medical Director of Baltimore County pain management practice sentenced to federal prison for accepting kick-backs

BALTIMORE, MD—The Associate Medical Director of a Baltimore County pain management clinic will spend time behind bars after accepting kick-backs. U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III this week sentenced Howard Hoffberg, M.D., 65, of Reisterstown, to eight months in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for conspiracy to violate the anti-kickback statutes, in connection with a …


St. Jude Medical agrees to pay $27 million for allegedly selling defective heart devices

BALTIMORE, MD—St. Jude Medical, Inc. has agreed to pay $27 million to settle allegations under the False Claims Act that, between November 2014 and October 2016, it knowingly sold defective heart devices to health care facilities that, in turn, implanted the devices into patients insured by federal healthcare programs. St. Jude was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in January 2017. The …