Elk Cty Pain management doctor fined $95,000 for record keeping error involving fentanyl inventory
Brian Blick, M.D. ("Dr. Blick"), has paid $95,000 to settle civil penalty claims stemming from allegations that he violated the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 and its regulations, announced United States Attorney Robert J. Troester.'
The United States alleges that from March 18, 2020 to March 1, 2022, Dr. Blick ordered controlled substances that were delivered to the Western Oklahoma Pain Specialists clinic (the "Clinic") in Elk City, Oklahoma, but failed to maintain the proper records for some of the purchases.
More specifically, Dr. Blick failed to maintain the DEA 222 order forms related to purchases of fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance, and failed to annotate on the DEA 222 order forms the quantities and dates fentanyl was delivered to the Clinic. To resolve these allegations, Dr. Blick agreed to pay $95,000 to the United States.
In reaching this settlement, Dr. Blick did not admit liability, and the government did not make any concessions about the legitimacy of the claims. The agreement allows the parties to avoid the delay, expense, inconvenience, and uncertainty involved in litigating the case.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Diversion Control. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ronald R. Gallegos and Amanda R. Johnson prosecuted the case.