Recently the mother of a 26 year-old man who died, reported a Pinellas Park doctor to the Florida Board of Medicine. According to the state records, this doctor had prescribed 3,360 oxycodone pills the year before the young man died in 2009. The doctor has been accused of malpractice three times in the past three years. He has been accused of prescribing excessive and unjustified amounts of oxycodone and other medications to patients who were not adequately examined, screened or drug counseled.
The doctor still has his state medical license and his license to prescribe controlled substances. A federal judge’s temporary order will keep the doctor home and awaiting trial in an alleged $6 million drug conspiracy. The doctor is 75 years old.
Records that were reviewed by the Tampa Bay Times showed at least 16 people with the doctor’s prescriptions have died of overdoses since the death of the 26 year-old. Both the doctor and his wife are facing drug conspiracy and money laundering charges, and the doctor could spend the rest of his life in prison if he is found to have caused the deaths of these patients.
Remember, your license is your livelihood.
If you are a Florida physician, a professional license holder in any of the healthcare fields, or a student in any of the healthcare fields with licensing issues, the Soreide Law Group will represent you in disciplinary hearings in front of the appropriate Board. To speak with an attorney at no cost call: (888) 760-6552.