Doctors charged in alleged painkiller kickback scheme

Five New York doctors were busted Friday for allegedly pocketing more than $800,000 in kickbacks to prescribe a highly addictive painkiller spray that’s been linked to patient deaths, according to a newly unsealed indictment.

Arizona-based drug company Insys Therapeutics allegedly paid the doctors — Gordon Freedman, Dialecti Voudouris, Jeffrey Goldstein, Todd Schlifstein and Alexandru Burducea – as “speakers” at hundreds of bogus educational presentations between 2012 to 2016, sources and court papers said.

“In reality, many of the speaker programs Freedman, Goldstein, Schlifstein, Voudouris and Burducea conducted were merely social gatherings at high-end restaurants with no educational presentation whatsoever,” the indictment filed in Manhattan federal court said. READ MORE >>