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MADISON, Wis. – Dr. Clifford T. Bowe, a retired Cadott, Wis., physician, entered into a settlement agreement to pay $70,000 to resolve civil allegations that he wrote prescriptions that violated the Controlled Substances Act.
Bowe, who owned and operated the Cadott Medical Center, violated the act with prescriptions of controlled substances, including opioids, “outside the usual course of professional practice, among other CSA violations,” according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Scott C. Blader of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Western District of Wisconsin.
A majority of Bowe’s patients went to his center because they were suffering from opioid use disorder and other addictions, according to the news release.
Bowe had received authorization to treat up to 100 opioid-dependent patients for opioid use disorder with medication-assisted treatments, such as the FDA-approved Schedule III drug, buprenorphine.
Bowe not only improperly prescribed buprenorphine along with other potent opioids but also counseled patients on how to fill these improper simultaneous prescriptions to avoid rejection by pharmacies or insurance payers, according to government allegations.
The government alleged that Bowe also violated the CSA by prescribing emergency Schedule II controlled substances to a family member who failed to meet the regulatory requirements for such prescribing, as well as other violations of the act, according to the settlement agreement.
Bowe denies the allegations, according to Blader’s news release.