New York dentist to pay $60K after allegedly enabling staff to obtain drugs for personal use

Omar Guesmia, DDS, will pay $60,000 to resolve allegations that he and his practice, Gentle Dental Care in Phoenix, N.Y., violated the Controlled Substances Act by allegedly enabling staff to obtain oxycodone for personal use, the Justice Department reported Sept. 29.

Dr. Guesmia's staff allegedly used an electronic prescription system to obtain the drugs after Dr. Guesmia gave his credentials to a staff member, who transmitted oxycodone prescriptions to several pharmacies and retrieved them for personal use, according to the Justice Department.

As part of the settlement, Dr. Guesmia admitted he failed to monitor prescriptions written using his credentials, according to the Justice Department.

Dr. Guesmia surrendered his Drug Enforcement Agency Registration and has agreed not to seek a renewal for at least five years.

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