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Doctor convicted after handing out 9,500 painkiller prescriptions in North Carolina over 5 years

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Doctor convicted after handing out 9,500 painkiller prescriptions in NC over 5 years

BY CHARLES DUNCAN

AUGUST 13, 2019 11:44 AM, UPDATED 9 HOURS 17 MINUTES AGO

Pharmacies around New Bern, North Carolina, started to get concerned when they realized how many prescriptions for narcotic pain killers Dr. Sanjay Kumar was writing from his sports medicine and rehabilitation practice, according to the Department of Justice. So they called the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A jury convicted Kumar, 53, after a 26-day trial in federal court Monday on 13 counts, including illegal distribution of oxycodone, money laundering and tax evasion, according to a press release from the DOJ.

Prosecutors said Kumar wrote 9,500 prescriptions for addictive opiate pain killers and other controlled substances between 2011 and 2016. Kumar would write the prescriptions without examining patients in what witnesses described as a cash-only business with only Kumar in the doctor’s office, the DOJ said.

“Patients received a prescription from Kumar at every visit,” according to the press release.

Kumar is no longer licensed as a doctor in North Carolina, according to the state Medical Board. His license lapsed in 2017 and was not renewed.

In June, the Medical Board said two of Kumar’s patients died from opioid overdoses while under his care. The board scheduled a hearing for October to consider the allegations.

The two patients got monthly prescriptions for Xanax and oxycodone for more than three years each, the Medical Board said. “The majority of Dr. Kumar’s notes for these visits were cloned, copied, and pasted from one visit to the other,” the board said.

Kumar’s federal sentencing is scheduled for January 2020. He was found “guilty of five counts of Unlawful Distribution of Oxycodone outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose, five counts of Money Laundering by Concealment, and three counts of Attempt to Evade and Defeat Tax,” according to the DOJ.



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There are so many factors at play with the US for profit healthcare system that leads to these kind of over prescribing and over treatment of patients. This obviously goes on in Public health care as well of course but there is far more accountability and overtreatment, and over prescribing will massively impact public healthcare budgets whereas private healthcare it actively improves their finances.

You also have a substantially more aggressive litagation and malpractice culture which excacerbates waste and over treatment.

That being said, this Doctor was clearly just a con artist looking to make money.
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Make all drugs legal. Let the patient decide what drugs they choose to take. If they want to OD and die, fuck 'em. What it will do is stop Big Pharma and their doctor drug dealers from pushing pain killers on people who don't really need them. The problem with the system as it is set up now, outside of the profit motive, is turning people into addicts who would not normally become addicts because they are trusting their doctors without knowing the doctors have an ulterior motive.
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Re: Doctor convicted after handing out 9,500 painkiller prescriptions in North Carolina over 5 years

Another worthwhile piece on this story, covering a few more details and how the doctor the Medical Board has an October hearing scheduled to hear accusations that two of this doctor's patients died from overdoses under his care: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/north-car...ds-1/975853162



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