NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Bronx pharmacy has found itself at the center of an alleged scam involving drugs to treat HIV.
As CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported Tuesday, three men were arrested at the 184th Street Pharmacy, at 69 E. 184th St. in the Fordham Heights section of the Bronx, on allegations that they cashed in on medications that patients never received.
Pharmacists practicing in New York state take an oath to act in ways that are “moral, ethical, and legal.” But the men who ran the 184th Street Pharmacy failed on all counts, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleged.
“These folks put their own profits above any professional responsibility,” Schneiderman said. “Our complaint charges that this was a fundamental breach of trust; that these people put people’s lives at risk, they robbed all the taxpayers, they disgraced their profession.”
Pharmacy owners Ahmed Hamed, 37, of Bayside, Queens, and Tarek Elsayed, 48, of Elmhurst, Queens, and the supervising pharmacist, Mohammed Hassan Ahmed, 36, of Elmhurst, were arrested Tuesday morning.
Schneidmeran alleged they all preyed on people with HIV. The scheme allegedly involved costly anti-retroviral drugs.
The pharmacy suspects allegedly paid patients $20 to $200 to forgo their medication, and then billed Medicaid $2,000 as if the drugs had been dispensed.