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FEB 05, 2014 - Yahoo! News

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Two dozen charged in $500 million New York pain-pill scheme

By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twenty-five people, including doctors, were charged with involvement in a massive scheme that flooded New York City's black market with as much as $500 million in painkillers, federal and state officials said on Wednesday. The operation was based at a clinic operating under the name Astramed in the city's Bronx borough, said officials, who described it as a "pill mill." The clinic sold phony prescriptions to drug dealers, who bought 5.5 million oxycodone pills at pharmacies around the city and as far away as Florida, the officials said. "This is poison by ... Read More

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