CNY dentist to pay $60,000 for allowing employee to prescribe oxycodone, feds say
Phoenix, NY – An Oswego County dentist has agreed to pay the government $60,000 after being charged with allowing an employee to prescribe oxycodone for five years, federal prosecutors said.
The employee used Gentle Dental Care’s electronic prescription system in Phoenix to obtain the medications for her personal use, according to a press release issued Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York.
The dentist, Omar Guesmia, shared his prescription credentials with the office worker, who was able to pick up the drugs from multiple pharmacies between November 2016 and November 2021, according to a settlement agreement filed in federal court.
The employee’s wrongdoing was obvious, prosecutors said in court documents. Guesmia had no history of prescribing oxycodone to his dental patients and several of the prescriptions were ordered while Guesmia was traveling out of the country, prosecutors said.
As part of the civil settlement, Guesmia admitted to failing to monitor prescriptions written under his name. He agreed to pay $60,000 and relinquish his registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, which will bar him from issuing new prescriptions.
Guesmia agreed not to renew his registration for at least five years, per his settlement agreement.
Syracuse.com contacted Guesmia’s dental practice and one person said the practice would not comment and hung up.
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