Thursday, December 9, 2010

Elderly New York Doctor Arrested On Charges Of Distributing Painkillers

The DEA is taking an active stance across the country on physicians who prescribe painkillers to patients without medical necessity.  On November 16, 2010, Dr. Felix Lanting, age 83, was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone in Grant City, New York. At the time he was arrested, the federal agents also conducted a search warrant.  Charges were filed in the Eastern District of New York.

Dr. Lanting garnered some unwanted attention when he was interviewed in August 2010 by the press  for a story on a state-run database of patients who have had prescriptions filled from multiple sources.
Of his approach with dealing with patients seeking prescriptions, he said: "We take their word and we depend on the pharmacists' computers."

Obviously, that quote is not the standard for physicians in today's world.  Although Dr. Lanting may have been quoted out of context, this was not a great quote for public viewing. We can expect to see an increase in filings against physicians for subscribing painkillers. 

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