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Ohio Board of Pharmacy Issues Important Notice to all Licensees Regarding Extortion Scam

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy (“Board of Pharmacy”) recently issued a notice to all Board of Pharmacy licensees to be on alert for a scam being perpetrated against Ohio health care providers.

The Board of Pharmacy instructed that these scammers have been communicating with prescribers and pharmacists stating they are under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), and that their DEA registration will be revoked or suspended, or they will be arrested if they do not agree to pay a fine immediately via phone or fax. The DEA is aware of this scam.

Additionally, individuals posing as Board of Pharmacy or State Medical Board agents are contacting health care providers by phone and/or fax in an attempt to fraudulently obtain payment to resolve a disciplinary matter.

If a licensee of the Board of Pharmacy or State Medical Board faces potential disciplinary action against their license, the licensee will receive an official Notice of Opportunity for a Hearing in writing either via USPS Certified Mail or by personal service.

Verify Questionable Contact

If you are unsure whether any individual claiming to be a Board of Pharmacy or State Medical Board agent or inspector is legitimate, ask for their name and contact information and contact the Board of Pharmacy at 614-466-4143, or the State Medical Board at 614-466-3934.

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Todd W. Collis Dinsmore  Partner of Counsel Healthcare, Corporate Commercial Real Estate
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Todd represents individuals and small- and medium-sized businesses in professional licensure, health care, corporate, commercial, and real estate legal matters.

In the professional licensure sector, his clients include physicians, pharmacists, nurses, psychologists, counselors, social workers, surveyors, engineers, and other licensed professionals and businesses in disciplinary and administrative matters before Ohio state licensing boards. These include investigations, Consent Agreements, administrative hearings, and license applications and renewals

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Beth focuses her practice on representing individuals and companies before professional licensure boards, including the State Medical Board of Ohio, Ohio State Dental Board, Ohio Board of Nursing, Ohio Pharmacy Board, Counselor and Social Worker Marriage and Family Therapy Board, Ohio Chiropractic Board, Ohio Psychology Board, Ohio Respiratory Care Board and Ohio Accountancy Board. She represents clients who are the subjects of investigations or discipline by licensure boards, including many  who have never before been the subject of such an investigation or review. Beth understands clients dealing with these investigations are under a considerable amount of stress, and she takes time with each client to hear and address their questions, explain their circumstances, and chart the best path forward.

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