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Chargers issue statement on behalf of RSF Pharmaceuticals

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

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    Posted by Mike Florio on July 22, 2010 10:22 PM ET


    Roughly a week after reports emerged that the pharmacy that has filled prescriptions for the San Diego Chargers has surrendered its license to dispense controlled substances as a result of a DEA investigation, the Chargers have issued on behalf of RSF Pharmaceuticals a statement that raises more questions than it answers.

    "We wish to correct mistaken media reports about Dr. David Chao," said attorney Michael Lipman in the statement distributed by the team. "Dr. Chao did not write prescriptions for himself filled through RSF Pharmaceuticals, and the prescription drugs distributed by RSF Pharmaceuticals to the Chargers were for use by the Chargers medical staff to treat players. Any other interpretation of the records maintained by RSF Pharmaceuticals or reports made by RSF Pharmaceuticals relating to prescription drugs furnished to Dr. Chao is erroneous.

    "RSF Pharmaceuticals has served as a pharmacy for many NFL teams, as well as for other sports teams and organizations for many years. The National Football League requires that all its teams prepare their prescription drug audits using software which tracks the distribution of prescription medications. We regret that routine reports provided to regulatory authorities have created the erroneous impression that Dr. Chao had been writing prescriptions for himself which were filled through RSF Pharmaceuticals. To our knowledge, that was never the case."

    It appears that Lipman, and thus RSF Pharmaceuticals, contend that prescriptions reportedly made out to Chao by Chao were intended to facilitate the compilation of the in-house cookie jar of controlled substances that the Chargers (and presumably many other teams) maintain. So, really, it's a distinction without a difference. Regardless of whether the prescriptions were made out by Chao to Chao or generally to the Chargers for use by players as determined by trainers and/or other doctors, the standard protocol (i.e., doctor prescribes specific medications for specific patients) wasn't followed.

    Indeed, RSF Pharmaceuticals surrendered its license to dispense medications. So the details don't really matter. And so why did the lawyers and the Chargers feel compelled to draw more attention to an already screwed up situation?
     
  2. Buck Melanoma

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    Sorry for the inconvenience, Dr. Chao. You & VJ can now return to your drinking & driving. :icon_party:
     
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    Sports pharmacy’s previous operator on DEA’s radar

    By Brent Schrotenboer , UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    Originally published July 23, 2010 at 10:29 p.m., updated July 24, 2010 at 12:02 a.m.


    The sports pharmacy under federal investigation in San Marcos previously was operated by a different business in Torrance that also had problems with how it filled prescriptions for pro team doctors, according to Drug Enforcement Administration search warrant affidavits.
    RSF Pharmaceuticals in San Marcos surrendered its registration to possess and dispense drugs June 30, a day after DEA agents searched the offices of RSF and Chargers and Padres doctors. RSF operated a business called Sportpharm that serves several pro sports teams, including many in the NFL. Sportpharm previously was operated by a Torrance business called HNP Pharmaceuticals.

    According to the affidavits, RSF and HNP filled prescriptions for Chargers and Padres doctors with the doctors listed as the patients, which is against the law. Since June 2008, RSF filled 50 of 108 alleged prescriptions for Chargers doctor David Chao with Chao listed as the patient. The DEA said the rest came from HNP. Chao has denied self-prescribing drugs and said he properly treats players.
    In a statement, an attorney for RSF said that “Dr. Chao did not write prescriptions for himself filled through RSF Pharmaceuticals, and the prescription drugs distributed by RSF Pharmaceuticals to the Chargers were for use by the Chargers medical staff to treat players.”
    The statement did not address the prescriptions filled by HNP. Sportpharm was registered at RSF’s San Marcos address in September 2008. HNP was searched by federal officials in June 2009, but the reason for the search isn’t clear.
    RSF and Chao attorneys have suggested that legal purchase orders made on behalf of Chao were mistaken in records as prescriptions issued by Chao for himself as the patient. A doctor may obtain controlled substances from drug manufacturers, distributors and other registrants to legally dispense to patients, as needed, the DEA said. However, such purchases for office dispensing may not be made using a prescription.
    The DEA declined to comment on the ongoing investigation. In the affidavits, the DEA said Chao’s registration numbers “revealed no purchases made by (Chao) for office dispensing” under two of his DEA registration numbers. But the same two registration numbers showed a combined 108 prescriptions with Chao listed as the patient, the affidavits said.
    HNP also filled six prescriptions for Padres doctor Harry Albers with Albers listed as the patient, the affidavits said. A spokesman for the Padres doctors said they “have prescribed all medications for appropriate medical reasons.”
    Calls seeking comment from Robert Nickell, the pharmacist at HNP and founder of Sportpharm, were not returned. HNP’s previous website said it was “the primary compounding pharmacy for more than 60% of all professional athletes in the US, the Olympics, and an ever-growing number of collegiate sports programs.”
    Sportpharm’s recent pharmacist, Jason Kim of RSF, has declined to comment.
    “RSF Pharmaceuticals has served as a pharmacy for many NFL teams, as well as for other sports teams and organizations for many years,” RSF’s attorney Michael Lipman said in a statement. “The National Football League requires that all its teams prepare their prescription drug audits using software which tracks the distribution of prescription medications. We regret that routine reports provided to regulatory authorities have created the erroneous impression that Dr. Chao had been writing prescriptions for himself which were filled through RSF Pharmaceuticals. To our knowledge, that was never the case.”
    The company’s website says it attracts pro teams largely because of its prescription-drug tracking system that is designed to address concerns about “compliance, convenience, regulations, security, privacy, league reporting requirements, and media attention to drug usage and medications.”
    The DEA took possession of 14 binders from RSF labeled with the names of “College #3” and several pro sports leagues. Lipman said RSF surrendered its registration without the advice of counsel and is trying to get it back.
    In the affidavits, the DEA also cited other problems with the registrations for Chao and RSF. The affidavits say RSF filled more than 1,200 prescriptions with an expired registration number and that the 50 prescriptions filled for Chao don’t appear under a valid DEA registration for RSF. The DEA said a review of RSF’s manufacturer’s registration revealed “21 errors in their required reporting of distributions of controlled substances.”
    The DEA also said Chao’s registration issued 14 prescriptions to businesses where he worked such as “OASIS CTR” and “MEDICAL CENT OASIS.” Because the businesses are not patients, the prescriptions are not lawful, according to the DEA. The DEA said these prescriptions were filled by Medical Center Pharmacy in San Diego, which didn’t return a call seeking comment.
    The DEA checked into Chao’s and RSF’s prescription monitoring records after former Chargers safety Kevin Ellison was arrested in Redondo Beach and charged with illegal possession of 100 Vicodin painkiller pills. The Chargers have said the pills did not come from them.
     

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