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Retired Cadott doctor to pay $70K in wrongful prescription case

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Madison (WQOW) - A retired Cadott doctor has reached a settlement to pay a $70,000 settlement to resolve allegations he wrongly prescribed controlled substances.

Dr. Clifford Bowe owned and operated Cadott Medical Center. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a majority of the patients were being treated for opioid use disorder and other addictions.

A settlement agreement states Bowe improperly prescribed buprenorphine, a drug to help curb opioid addiction. He also allegedly counseled patients on how to fill these improper simultaneous prescriptions to avoid rejection by pharmacies or insurance payers.

According to the settlement agreement, the government alleged that Bowe prescribed emergency Schedule II controlled substances to a family member that failed to meet the regulatory requirements for such prescribing; by providing inaccurate directions for use on controlled substance prescriptions to maneuver-around pharmacies refusing to fill compounded prescriptions or insurance companies denying payment for such prescriptions; and by failing to maintain records regarding the receipt and dispensing of controlled substances, or to maintain an inventory of controlled substances on-hand at CMC.  Bowe denies these allegations. 

“Physicians who prescribe controlled substances, including opioids, outside the usual course of professional practice, abuse their prescription-writing privileges and contribute to the opioid crisis,” said United States Attorney Scott Blader.  “Controlled substance prescribing violations, in addition to the critical recordkeeping of controlled substances to ensure the system remains closed, will result in enforcement action in the Western District of Wisconsin.”

The settlement agreement states CSA allegations only. Dr. Bowe denies the allegations, except that he admits that, in violation of federal law, he pre-signed incomplete patient prescriptions on other than the date of issuance and placed them in patient charts. 

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