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The owner of shuttered drug clinics is under indictment in Vermont for health care fraud and other violations

Screenshot 2024 05 29 at 2:12:56 PM
New England Medicine and Counseling Associates on South Willow St., one of six that closed abruptly.

MANCHESTER, NH – The closure of six drug clinics in two states follows the April indictment of the owner on federal charges in Vermont.

Dr. Adnan S. Khan, 48, of Grantham owned New England Medicine and Counseling Associates (NEMCA) with offices in Grantham, Manchester, Newport and Rochester, and two others in Rutland and Colchester, Vermont.

Khan is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, 12 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and two counts of health care fraud. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for the illegal distribution counts and a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for each of the health care fraud counts.

Earlier this week, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services issued a press release encouraging clinic patients with prescriptions for controlled medications to seek other providers.

DHHS also said emergency departments may see an increase in the number of patients experiencing withdrawal symptoms or who may request buprenorphine, a medication for treating opioid use disorder, until they can find another medical provider.

According to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court of Vermont, Khan used his clinics to carry out his alleged illegal prescribing and healthcare fraud conspiracies.

Through NEMCA, Khan required patients to pay cash in exchange for their prescriptions, despite many of them having insurance through Vermont Medicare and Medicaid. Khan allegedly prescribed the drugs knowing that at least some of his patients were abusing and abusing the drugs.

He is also accused of ordering medically unnecessary urine drug tests while soliciting kickbacks and bribes from laboratories, knowing that federal health care programs would be billed for the unnecessary tests.

As a condition of Khan’s release pending trial, he is prohibited from writing prescriptions for controlled substances.

The now-closed clinics, which offered prescription medications to help people struggling with opioid abuse, were located at:

  • 120 Route 10 South, Grantham, NH
  • 17 Coitview Drive, Newport, NH
  • 376 South Willow Street, Manchester, NH
  • 40 Winter St., Suite 308, Rochester, NH
  • 1 Scale Ave., Building #18, Suite 301, Rutland, VT
  • 85 Prim Road, Suite 302, Colchester, VT

NEMCA patients who need help finding a new medical provider can reach out 211 in New Hampshire or VTHelplink (802-565-LINK) in Vermont

An indictment is just an accusation. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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