Pharmacy at Center of Fraud Case to Close for Good Thursday

Phic K. Lim, co-owner of the Huntington Pharmacy, made the decision to shut down the local pharmacy after his arrest last October, one of the store's pharmacist's told Patch.

Following his alleged involvement in an $18 million healthcare fraud scheme, the co-owner of San Marino's , Phic K. Lim, will close the pharmacy's doors permanently on Thursday, Dec. 22, one of the store's pharmacists told Patch.

Lim and his wife, co-owner Theana Khou, and 14 others--including a doctor--were arrested in a raid by police and FBI of their business in October. The raid was the culmination of a two-year sting operation that begin with the San Marino Police Department's investigation of a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud Medicare and Medi-Cal.

to charges of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud at their federal court arraignment on Nov. 28. They remain free on bond.

While the scheme involved several pharmacies, Huntington Pharmacy is alleged to be the primary offender, reportedly responsible for $7.3 million in actual losses to Medicare and Medi-Cal programs.

Lim is in the process of selling the pharmacy's patient files to CVS on Sierra Madre Boulevard and San Pasqual Street in Pasadena, said Cindy Yung, a part-time pharmacist at Huntington Pharmacy. If Lim and CVS reach an agreement, the deal will go into effect on Friday, Dec. 23. Huntington Pharmacy has 10 employees; the fate of those employees is unclear.

Patients will be directed to fill their prescriptions at CVS and will receive a CVS welcome packet and letter from Lim in the mail, Yung said. Patient files, along with a two-year prescription history and insurance information, will be transferred to CVS.

The pharmacy will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Yung will be at CVS on Tuesday, Dec. 27, and Thursday, Dec. 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. along with one or two of the pharmacy's other technicians.

See photos and video of officials searching inside Huntington Pharmacy for evidence of the prescription drug scheme here.

See reaction from a nurse who worked at the pharmacy, customers and others here.

Kristina Brown December 20, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Cindy Yung, Pharmacist, has been hired by CVS. She will be there every Tuesday and Thursday to assist with the transistion. She is committed to offering the same great patient care we experienced at Huntington Pharmacy. Good Luck Cindy!
Sparky December 21, 2011 at 08:28 PM
http://www.pfoai.org/news/55-cvs-caremarks-proposed-acquisition-of-the-community-ccrx-plan: CVS Caremark’s purchase of Universal American’s (UA) Medicare drug business (including the Community CCRx Plan) was an extraordinary move that no one saw coming; not its rivals, and certainly not NCPA. NCPA is actively and diligently exploring all options. Protecting the interests of Main Street independent pharmacies and their patients is NCPA’s sole goal. This proposed transaction involves complex legal, business and other issues – all of which NCPA is currently working through as quickly as possible. NCPA members and supporters will be kept up-to-date as we learn more information. CVS Caremark said in writing that it intends to honor UA’s commitments to independents with respect to plan design (including no mail order component) and Mirixa MTM services through at least the end of 2012. NCPA was blindsided by the CVS/UA deal, like everyone else. The trade association and each and every member sit in the exact same position on multiple levels regarding financial, business and related issues. ? NCPA only recently obtained a copy of the extremely complex merger agreement between CVS and Universal, and will be examining all available options to protect and advance community pharmacies and their patients as we proceed. MemberHealth’s agreement with Medco to provide claims processing will not terminate until December 31, 2011.


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