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State claims Hainesport doctor took kickbacks to prescribe Subsys

Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ) logo Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ) 11/23/2020 Jim Walsh, Cherry Hill Courier-Post

TRENTON - A Hainesport doctor allegedly took phony speaking fees in exchange for inappropriately prescribing a powerful painkiller, according to the state Attorney General's Office.

Kieren Slevin wrote the prescriptions for high dosages of Subsys, a highly addictive medication typically used to relieve cancer pain. said a statement from the Attorney General's Office.

The off-label prescriptions were given in mounting dosages to patients who did not have cancer, the statement said.

The Attorney General's Office is seeking to suspend or revoke Slevin's medical license.

It also is pursuing civil penalties from Slevin, an anesthesiologist at North American Pain and Spine.

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A website for the practice identifies Slevin as a co-founder of the Hainesport practice.

It describes him as an avid traveler, soccer fan and runner who "volunteers with local charitable organizations in Philadelphia as time permits."

The drug's manufacturer, Insys Therapeutics Inc., allegedly paid Slevin more than $83,000 in kickbacks from 2012 through 2016, according to a complaint filed by the Attorney General's Office.

The payments were "thinly disguised as 'speaker’s fees,' as well as lavish dinners posing as 'lectures' and all-expense paid trips for 'training,'" the Attorney General's Office claimed.

It alleged Slevin's speaker events "were held at high-end restaurants chosen by him and were sparsely attended, often by repeat attendees, including those who did not have any prescribing authority."

a close up of a sign: New Jersey Attorney General's Office © Photo provided New Jersey Attorney General's Office

Slevin could not be reached for comment Monday.

The complaint alleged that Slevin, after starting patients on Subsys, "steadily, but without regard for patient safety, increased the dosage strength resulting in more money for Insys."

It claimed Slevin's records "provide little or no medical justification, and often no explanation at all, as to why patients were switched to Subsys or their dosages were increased."

Jim Walsh is a free-range reporter who’s been roaming around South Jersey for decades. His interests include crime, the courts, economic development and being first with breaking news. Reach him at jwalsh@gannettnj.com or look for him in traffic.

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This article originally appeared on Cherry Hill Courier-Post: State claims Hainesport doctor took kickbacks to prescribe Subsys

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