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Licensing board suspension precedes federal drug indictment

There are any number of reasons the Pennsylvania Medical Licensing Board would suspend or otherwise threaten revocation of a license. Regardless, there are typically several options available for defending oneself in such situations. A doctor in another state is facing serious professional and legal trouble in connection with allegations of illegal drug sales.

Officials have accused the physician of writing prescriptions for approximately $18 million worth of drugs that allegedly wound up being sold on the illegal drug market. He and several others were recently indicted in federal court on conspiring to distribute prescription drugs illegally. In addition to overprescribing controlled substances, the doctor in question was also charged with health care fraud.

Prosecutors claim the doctor wrote prescriptions for oxycodone and hydrocodone that were not medically necessary. They also claim that he accepted cash payments in exchange for the prescriptions. Supposedly, the doctor would perform cursory examinations or, in some cases, no exams at all before writing prescriptions for patients.

Seven other people, ranging in ages from 28 to 56 are said to have assisted the doctor in the illegal drug scheme. When the doctor's home was searched during the investigation, more than $600,000 in cash was reportedly seized from the premises. As in this case, licensing board decisions in Pennsylvania are often made apart from any criminal charges that may be filed in a particular case, though proof of a criminal conviction may -- in and of itself -- be sufficient grounds for the board to take action. In this case, the doctor's medical license was already suspended in May 2017. In either instance, it is generally a good idea to seek support from an experienced attorney before attending administrative proceedings or criminal hearings of any kind.

Source: CBS Detroit, "Livonia Doctor, 7 Others, Indicted In Scheme To Distribute Opioid Drugs", Jan. 9, 2018

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