pill mill

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pill mill (plural pill mills)

  1. (idiomatic) A clandestine operation where a medical worker illicitly offers prescription medication to patients in exchange for bribes.
    • 2011, Jane Musgrave, The Palm Beach Post, 4 men sentenced in pill mill scheme, link
      Four men who helped Jeff and Chris George run their lucrative pill mills received sentences ranging from 9 months to 14 years today in federal court.
    • 2014, JB McMunn, M.D., Naked Capitalism, The Stealthy, Ugly Growth of Corporatized Medicine, link
      Needless to say, the professional bullying from the primary care physicians (PCPs) and the [hospital] administrators to run both a pill mill and a needle jockey business was tremendous. I resisted the entire time, but god it wore me out. [From a pain specialist for a large multi-specialty group.]