An Arizona physician finds himself defending against numerous claims of improper professional conduct, including multiple claims that he sexually abused patients and many claims that he improperly prescribed large doses of powerful pain medications for patients who were not properly examined before obtaining the prescriptions.
The Sexual Battery Allegations
It has been reported that three patients of the family physician have filed lawsuits against him, alleging inappropriate sexual contact. The patients allege that they were patients of the defendant doctor when he committed sexual battery by offensive, unwarranted, unwanted and unsolicited touching of their bodies. The plaintiffs seek compensatory damages for their severe emotional distress, great mental and physical pain, anguish, and anxiety that have interfered with their daily activities.
The Improper Prescription Painkillers Allegations
Earlier this year, the Arizona Attorney General reportedly filed a complaint citing the Arizona Racketeering Act and the Arizona Forfeiture Reform Act against the doctor and his wife in order to prevent, restrain, and remedy the racketeering acts of the doctor and his wife and their participation in an enterprise through racketeering. The complaint alleges that the doctor is the subject of pending Arizona Medical Board investigation(s) into acts that may constitute racketeering offenses.
The Arizona Attorney General’s complaint alleges the unlawful possession, sale or transportation of prescription drugs, dangerous drugs and narcotic drugs; participating in or assisting a criminal syndicate; fraudulent schemes and practices; theft, forgery, illegal enterprise, money laundering, conspiracy and facilitation, according to published reports. The allegations are based on the results of an investigation by federal agents that allegedly found that the Arizona doctor routinely prescribed controlled medications to patients without examining them or without determining the medical necessity of the prescribed medications for the patients. The investigators reportedly found at least seven patients who had been prescribed the powerful pain medication oxycodone and were reselling their drugs.
The Arizona Attorney General’s complaint, which was filed in April 2015, seeks forfeiture from the Arizona doctor and his wife in the amount of $1.9 million (if the doctor and his wife are found to have violated the Arizona laws, the amount they allegedly received from illegal activities, which the complaint alleges to be $645,581, may be tripled pursuant to Arizona law).
If the Arizona allegations against the family doctor are proven true, the doctor’s actions should serve as a cautionary example of how a physician’s improper professional activities may seriously or permanently harm multiple patients who come in contact with the physician. A doctor who has the authority to prescribe controlled and dangerous pain killers that are widely subject to abuse, such as oxycodone, may cause wide-spread harm when his prescription authority is abused: not only are the patients who are improperly prescribed and provided the powerful medications harmed, but also the families of the patients who are affected by their loved ones’ downward spiral and others who are affected by destructive behaviors that are associated with illegal drug activities, such as theft, robbery, and burglary.
If you or a family member were harmed by a drug prescribed by a physician in Arizona or in another U.S. state, you should promptly contact an Arizona medical malpractice lawyer, or a medical malpractice lawyer in your state, who may investigate your prescription medication claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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