Surgery center employee allegedly bypassed system to prescribe 5K+ pills — 5 details

A longtime Rochester, N.Y.-based Cornerstone Eye Associates employee allegedly used her position as the Lasik refraction surgery coordinator to illegally prescribe 5,000-plus opioids, local ABC News affiliate 13WHAM reports.

Five details:

1. Ms. Lambert reportedly had access to computer software the practice's physicians use to write prescriptions and submit them to the pharmacy.

2. She allegedly logged into the system under an ophthalmologist's credentials and wrote 73 fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone, hydrocodone and vicodin. The prescriptions amounted to 5,045 pills, prosecutors said.

3. Ms. Lambert allegedly used other names — including those of family members — to evade New York's online I-Stop system, which is designed to flag patients seeking extra prescriptions.

4. Cornerstone reportedly fired Ms. Lambert in February after another office worker noticed some prescriptions were written for people who weren't patients. Ms. Lambert had worked there for eight years.

5. Ms. Lambert will appear in court in May. Her attorney, James Napier, declined to comment to 13WHAM.

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