Doctors often have stressful jobs. They are under pressure from patients to adequately diagnose and treat their elements, often including demands for what can be dangerous painkillers. They are additionally under stress from regulatory agencies monitoring the number of such prescriptions. Unfortunately, one California doctor is now facing fraud and drug charges following a lengthy investigation.
Police say that they searched the man's home and office in Feb. 2015. Reports indicate that it took approximately two years for investigators to conduct a review of evidence in the case. Ultimately, authorities have accused the man of submitting false claims to insurance companies and prescribing painkillers to addicts and people whose conditions did not require them.
The doctor is accused of illegally prescribing Dilaudid, hydrocodone, oxycodone and other potentially dangerous drugs. He was reportedly previously under suspicion by government agencies due to the number of prescriptions he wrote for Vicodin. However, the man maintains that he runs a pain clinic and that he was being unfairly targeted. If convicted of the charges, he could spend over 44 years in prison.
A single ailment can have a variety of different symptoms and treatments. Health care professionals likely see a number of cases where they must treat symptoms in a unique or creative way. If the doctor did prescribe these drugs under unique circumstances, it may be that he was simply taking into account those patients' individual circumstances. Regardless, those facing fraud and drug charges in California are entitled to a fair trial and appropriate legal representation. Such a professional can fight on behalf of the client to ensure fair treatment.
Source: thecalifornian.com, "Salinas doctor arrested, charged with 37 felonies", Chelcey Adami, May 18, 2016