California pharmacist accuses Philidor Rx Services of 'massive fraud'

A California pharmacist who agreed to sell his small pharmacy for $350,000 to Philidor Rx Services is now suing the company, alleging Philidor committed "widespread fraud," according to the Los Angeles Times.

The lawsuit, filed in the beginning of October, has even more significance after it was revealed last week that the pharmaceutical giant Valeant Pharmaceutical International had close ties to Philidor. Pharmacist Russell Reitz says he became suspicious when he discovered Philidor was using his national pharmacy identification number to fill prescriptions at other pharmacies even before the sale of his pharmacy had been finalized. In another instance, according to the lawsuit, a Philidor executive with no knowledge of the pharmacy responded to an audit from an insurer questioning the pharmacy's billing practices. Article