Mega chain and PBM conglomerate CVS Caremark has decided to pick a fight with one of its most loyal and successful pharmacists-in-charge, one Joe Zorek of Harrisburg, PA.
The July 20-21, 2013 edition of The Wall Street Journal includes an article (p. B3, Timothy W. Martin) titled, “CVS Sued by a Former Pharmacist.” The article pertains to the experience of Joe Zorek, a pharmacist in Harrisburg, PA who had worked for CVS and its predecessors for 44 years from the time he was a student until the time his employment was terminated in July, 2012.
Zorek, a good sounding Slavic name if ESH ever heard one, has filed a whistleblower (Qui Tam) lawsuit against CVS. Should he prevail, he would collect about 1/4 to 1/3 of the potential treble damages claimed.
The lawsuit was scooped and brought to light recently in the online blog by Pharmacist Steve, a seasoned veteran of both retail, hospital and nursing home experience.
CVS recently paid $11 million in damages from a records keeping violations agreement. The chain and PBM mail order giant also has paid tens of millions in a variety of different lawsuits and government investigations, including a whopping $175 million with the AG of Pennsylvania back in 2005 under its legacy AdvancePCS name. Well, you get the picture.
The lawsuit claims CVS managers humiliated and forced pharmacist and MS patient Joe Zorek to use an unwielding gerry-rigged “lift chair” during his active duties as PIC.
You can read the suit here.…at the heart of it all is questionable judgment and putting patient lives at risk by management of CVS. The company denies any wrongdoing.
Stay tuned as the kaka hits the fan.