An Orlando doctor has posted bond and been released from jail after being accused of medical fraud involving vaccines. Dr. Ishrat Sohail is accused by The Florida Department of Health of providing partial vaccines to upwards of 500 children. Dr. Sohail charged the parents full price for the partial fills.
The state is deciding whether or not the children will be vaccinated again, according to NBC affiliate wesh out of Orlando. Dr. Sohail was quiet as she left the Seminole County Jail. An investigation which involved Florida’s Attorney General and the state’s Department of Health prompted Dr. Sohail’s arrest.
According to the report:
The emergency suspension of license order filed by the Florida Department of Health alleges that a confidential informant told the Medicaid fraud control unit that Sohail was using vaccines provided at no cost by the Vaccines for Children Program to vaccinate children with private insurance.
It goes on to say that because those vaccines are tracked by lot numbers, Sohail would, at times, administer only partial doses of the vaccine and the remaining dose in the vial would then be re-drawn at a later time and administered to another patient.
The partial dose vaccine vials would be kept in the office refrigerator between administrations.
The order says children were put at risk and that Sohail would record the proper dosage in the patient’s medical records and bill insurance for the full amount.
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