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NH physician assistant on trial for allegedly taking prescription kickbacks

A trial is underway for a New Hampshire physician assistant accused of writing prescriptions in exchange for kickbacks.

The case revolves around the fentanyl spray SUBSYS, a powerful pain medication.

Prosecutors said the 43-year-old Christopher Clough’s actions were prompted by greed, while the defense said Clough has always had his patient’s best interest in mind.

Clough faces eight federal charges for allegedly taking part in a kickback scheme where the physician assistant would receive payments to prescribe SUBSYS.

During opening arguments, prosecutors said Clough was payed tens of thousands of dollars by the drug’s manufacturer INSYS for writing hundreds of prescriptions between 2013 and 2014.