DSS officials contend that the Manchester Pharmacy, formerly known as The Medicine Shoppe, and owner Roy D. Katz defrauded the state of more than $3.2 million over more than six years by breaking 30-day prescriptions down into seven-day units and charging a separate dispensing fee for each.
The dispensing fee is currently $3.15 per prescription.
Elkin's testimony came at an administrative hearing before a DSS
hearing officer at the department's headquarters on Sigourney Street in Hartford.
Department officials are seeking to have Katz
business, officially known as R.G. Pharmacy Inc.
, barred for a decade from providing goods or services under the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor or any other program run by DSS
Federal authorities also have expressed interest in the issue.
special agent has attended two days of the hearing, although he
didn't attend Tuesday.
lawyers have maintained throughout the controversy that he
had authorization from doctors and other prescribers to dispense the seven-day prescriptions through the pharmacy's so-called "med box" program.