Former Sales Representative, Matthew Puccio Indicted in Compounded Prescription Drug Scheme
NEWARK, N.J (STL.News) A former sales representative was arrested today for his role in a scheme to defraud public health benefits programs by billing for medically unnecessary compounded prescriptions, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Matthew Puccio, 38, of Randolph, New Jersey, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 17, 2021, for conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He will be arraigned at a date to be determined.
According to the indictment returned yesterday:
Compounded medications are specialty medications mixed by a pharmacist to meet the specific medical needs of an individual patient. Although compounded drugs are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they are properly prescribed when a physician determines that an FDA-approved medication does not meet the health needs of a particular patient, such as if a patient is allergic to a dye or other ingredients in the prescription.
Between November 2014 and March 2016, Puccio participated in a conspiracy that involved the submission of fraudulent prescriptions for compounded medications to public health benefits programs. The scheme centered on marketing companies recruiting and paying sales representatives, such as Puccio, to obtain compounded medications for themselves and others regardless of medical necessity, and by specifically targeting health plans that reimbursed for compounded medications at high rates.