Roughly 70% of Americans take some form of prescription medication. That figure, which has been climbing steadily over the years, is representative of an enormous pharmaceutical industry, whose burgeoning audience has necessitated increasingly vigilant modes of regulation. With such a great many people’s well-being hanging in the balance, it has never been more important to maintain control over those who manufacture, prescribe, and physically mete out these drugs.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is one such person in charge. In his capacity as attorney-general, Schneiderman acts as the main legal advisor to the government, and among his responsibilities is administering legal recourse to those that run afoul of the law. Much the same as armies have generals, so too does the judicial branch of the United States government. Their general is Eric T. Schneiderman.
Recently, Attorney General Schneiderman reached a settlement with a Brooklyn pharmacist found guilty of prescribing medication to patients that he’d purchased on the street. Rao Veeramachaneni, the guilty party, filed these proceedings through Medicaid, thereby defrauding both this government institution and the patients who entrusted to him their care. All told, Schneiderman secured a 1.2 million dollar settlement. New York State law demands all pharmacists to go through the required channels when purchasing prescription drugs: state sanctioned wholesalers who also must be regulated by the government. Veeramachaneni bought controlled substances such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS medication from disreputable street dealers and fobbed them off as the real thing.
While cases of this ilk are, fortunately, rare, they are not unheard of. When visiting doctors, we as patients submit ourselves to the expertise of the medical community. We often have no choice but place our trust in the hands of these professionals. That’s what makes it especially difficult when these selfsame “professionals” betray our trust simply to pad their own wallets. It’s essentially impossible for non-doctors to distinguish between black market medication and pills that have been acquired through legal means. And predatory pharmacists like Rao Veeramachaneni rely on this fact to fleece his unwitting customers.
Luckily, we have people like Eric T. Schneiderman on our side, who forced Rao Veeramachaneni to surrender his pharmacist’s license and accept a ban from ever again working in the pharmaceutical and health care fields.
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we too endeavor to fight for the rights of those seeking medical treatment. When you are at your most vulnerable, you deserve the highest standard of care. If you, or someone you know, has been subject to medical malpractice like this, or of any kind, we urge you to contact us. Our skilled team of attorneys are standing by, and they can help keep you informed of your rights. Our consultations are free and easy, so contact us today.