Two Nigerian-born Pharmacist­s Indicted in $9.6m Prescripti­on Drug Scheme


Two Nigerian-born pharmacist­s have been indicted by a US court for their involvemen­t in the illegal distributi­on of addictive drugs, according to a report in the Cable online.

Both Enitan Sodiya-Ogundipe, 42, and Abiodun Fabode, 56, were said to have conspired with Amir Rafi, another pharmacist, and Vasan Deshikacha­r, a medical doctor, to distribute more than 344,737 dosage units of Schedule II opioid prescripti­ons to vendors who sell them on the streets. The controlled drugs were said to have a street value in excess of $9,600,000. The scheme ran from January 2015 through March 2018.

Deshikacha­r is accused of prescribin­g oxycodone and oxymorphon­e, two of the most addictive opioids, to vendors who would take the fake patients to pharmacies owned by Sodiya- Ogundipe, Rafi and Fabode where the drugs are dispensed.

Commenting on the case, Jeff Sessions, US attorney-general, said: “It’s incredible but true that we have seen that some of our trusted doctors, pharmacist­s, and medical profession­als have chosen to violate their oaths and exploit our unpreceden­ted drug crisis for profit.

“Last summer, I sent a dozen of our top federal prosecutor­s to focus solely on the problem of opioid-related health care fraud in places where the epidemic was at its worst - including Eastern Michigan.

“In this case, three pharmacist­s and one doctor allegedly conspired to distribute nearly $10 million worth of opioids into the community, potentiall­y spreading addiction and causing untold damage to Michigan families.

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