Medical board to review Pikeville doctor accused in sales of drug samples

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comAugust 27, 2013 

The state medical board has filed a complaint against a Pikeville doctor who is accused of conspiring to sell prescription drug samples in exchange for office rent and free or discounted prescription drugs for his employees.

In addition to the drug-related charges, Thad R. Manning has been indicted for lying to FBI agents about the alleged arrangement, according to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure complaint filed Aug. 21.

From about June 2007 through Feb. 8, 2012, Manning, an osteopath, and officials at the Marrowbone Hometown Pharmacy in Pike County allegedly conspired to sell, buy or trade prescription drug samples, which is a violation of federal law, according to federal court documents.

Manning allowed Marrowbone Clinic Pharmacy or Marrowbone Hometown Pharmacy employees to have access to sample prescription drugs that the doctor received from pharmaceutical sales representatives. The pharmacy then sold the medicine to customers.

In return for the drug samples, Manning and his office staff allegedly paid no insurance co-pays for medicines they bought at the pharmacies, according to a 2013 indictment. Manning's employees also received some drugs free of charge from the pharmacy, and the pharmacist paid rent for Manning, the indictment alleged.

A board hearing on the complaint is scheduled for Feb. 2014.

Manning's attorney Bernard Pafunda declined to comment Tuesday.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter: @vhspears.

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