Painkiller Law: Criminal Law Compliance for Healthcare Providers

A Service of the Meister Law Offices

Preventive Medicine Every Healthcare Practice Needs

    The Meister Law Offices provides criminal law compliance legal services for healthcare providers who write prescriptions for Schedule II painkillers and pain medication. No healthcare practice can afford to      risk noncompliance at a time when healthcare practitioners and pharmacists are under unprecedented government suspicion and often incredibly reckless and injurious law enforcement activity. Our firm’s unique “CCC – Comprehensive Compliance Checkup” – is a pioneering approach to this issue, and offers MD’s, DO’s, PA’s and pharmacists the thorough and in-depth analysis their practices need to achieve and maintain compliance with all laws regulating prescription painkillers and pain medication.

If you are a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, physician’s assistant, or a pharmacist, your profession is under federal and state law enforcement scrutiny worse than at any time in decades. This is not because of anything you’ve individually done; it is because the government believes there is an epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse in the United States.

These days the DEA and state and local law enforcement around the nation are raiding doctor’s offices, medical clinics, pharmacies, distribution centers and other healthcare providers’ facilities in search of what is suddenly being called the latest trend in American drug abuse.

Doubtless in the past several years the availability and prescription rates of pain medication such as Oxycontin and other opioid derivatives have increased dramatically. So-called “pill mills” do exist; there is likely diversion of Schedule II narcotics from manufacturers, and perhaps some pharmacies, to the black market and the street.

However, the link law enforcement is drawing between illegal activity, and the everyday legitimate professional activities of the nation’s healthcare providers, has not been established. Since the vast majority of our nation’s healthcare providers are legitimate, ethical, honest and upstanding, the link will not be established. But don’t expect that to stop the DEA or local multiagency task force from busting in on your waiting room and announcing a search warrant. There goes your practice, your reputation, and possibly your license and livelihood.

Don’t become the next sacrificial lamb in the government’s game of enforcement catch-up. Just because it’s trendy and easy to blame healthcare providers for the problem of prescription painkiller abuse, doesn’t mean you should let the government have its way in destroying everything you worked so hard to build.

The way to protect your patients, your employees, your practice and yourself is by finding out and knowing now, today, whether your practice is in compliance with applicable federal and state criminal laws governing prescription, dispensing, and distribution of Schedule II painkillers. If you are ever audited, or otherwise find yourself under investigative scrutiny, you’ll want to know that you’re ready, that your practice is in full compliance with the law, and that you’ve nothing to fear from governmental attention.

Contact Meister Law Offices today at 213.293.3737 for a free consultation. It’s good preventative medicine.