A Poconos-based family medical practitioner is facing a federal civil lawsuit on allegations that he issued medically unnecessary prescriptions for a fentanyl-based medication.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced April 7 that a suit had been filed against Dr. Peter J. Baddick III for violations of the False Claim Act. Baddick allegedly prescribed Subsys, a fentanyl-based spray manufactured by Insys Therapeutics which is used to treat breakthrough cancer pain, to two patients when the medication “was either not medically necessary or otherwise inappropriate.”

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