NJ / PA Doc Pleads Guilty to Receiving Bribes and Kickbacks for Fetanyl Prescriptions

TRENTON, NJ (Nov. 22, 2019) Kenneth Sun, M.D., 58, of Easton, PA, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to pay and receive health care kickbacks in U.S. District for the District of New Jersey.

Subsys-300x300Sun admitted that from 2012 to 2016, he conspired to solicit and receive more than $140,000 in bribes and kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Arizona, in exchange for him prescribing more than 28 million micrograms of Subsys, a powerful opioid narcotic that is designed for rapid entry into a patient’s bloodstream by being sprayed under the tongue.

Subsys contains fentanyl, a synthetic opioid pain reliever that is approximately 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.  The U.S. FDA approved Subsys solely for the “management of breakthrough pain in cancer patients who are already receiving and who are tolerant to around the clock therapy for their underlying persistent cancer pain.”  Dr. Sun admitted that he broke the law when he prescribed Subsys to patients for whom Subsys was completely medically unnecessary, not eligible for insurance reimbursement and unsafe.

Dr. Sun also admitted that the bribes and kickbacks he received from Insys Therapeutics were in exchange for prescribing Subsys and were were disguised as “honoraria” for educational presentations regarding Subsys that Sun purportedly provided to licensed medical practitioners.  However, Sun admitted, these presentations were completely bogus in that they lacked the appropriate audience of licensed practitioners seeking educational information about Subsys; there was no presentation about Subsys whatsoever; the same people attended over and over again; and Sun did was not in attendance at some of the presentations at all.

Dr. Sun admitted he caused Medicare to pay more than $847,000 for Subsys prescriptions that were medically unnecessary, procured through the payment of kickbacks and bribes by Insys were not eligible for Medicare reimbursement.

If you or someone you know is under investigation or has been arrested for Medicare fraud, contact attorney Robert David Malove for serious legal representation.