Thursday, November 5, 2015

New York Physician Assistant Arrested For Conspiracy To Illegally Prescribe Oxycodone

A physician assistant, Michael Troyan, who operated two urgent care clinics on the east end of Long Island was arrested on November 4, 2015 after being indicted on federal charges of conspiring to illegally distribute oxycodone. At the time of his arrest, the DEA executed search warrants at these two clinics: East End Urgent and Primary Care in Riverhead, New York.

The indictment and public filings allege that between November 2011 and October 2015, physician assistant Troyan with authority to prescribe controlled substances, issued prescriptions for thousands of oxycodone pills to co-conspirators for the purpose of illegally re-selling the pills for cash.  PA Troyan was allegedly captured on video in an undercover operation writing medically unnecessary prescriptions for OxyCodone and receiving large quantities of cash at his Riverhead medical office for prior illegal sales.  It is alleged that PA Troyan was receiving half of the profit from the sale of the oxycodone pills.

The DEA is taking great interest in these cases due to the link now determined between heroin addiction and the taking of prescription painkillers.  The federal sentencing laws for distributing OxyCodone are potentially harsh in that if convicted, PA Troyan faces a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and a $1 million fine.

Attorney Commentary: In a case like this, there was significant investigation before the Indictment and search warrant was executed including surveillance and recording. There are physicians who also worked at these clinics who were hired by the physician assistant to be his supervisors. While those physicians would not have written the prescriptions, they would have some responsibilites as supervising physician. Long Island has had a signficiant heroin addiction problem and the DEA is being aggressive in investigating physicians and advanced care providers who prescribe painkillers.

Posted by Tracy Green, Esq.
Green and Associates
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