Alleged pill mill doctors indicted for dispensing painkillers

Steve Tawa
February 09, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than a dozen doctors and medical professionals in the Philadelphia region are facing charges of running "pill mills" and allegedly dispensing opioid painkillers to people without legitimate medical needs. 

U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain alleges the 14 people charged — including doctors and physician assistants — unlawfully prescribed oxycodone and routinely ignored warning signs that patients were abusing or selling their prescription painkillers.

"Those who make money by illegally exploiting addiction will be caught and prosecuted," said McSwain.

U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain alleges 14 people unlawfully prescribed oxycodone.
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The so-called "pain management" program enabled them to obtain opioid painkillers for an office fee that ranged from $80 to $140.

"A whopping number of illegal prescriptions," added McSwain, "at least 3,678 alleged illegal prescriptions that were medically unnecessary."

The doctors worked at Advanced Urgent Care, a medical business with office locations on City Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia, Bethlehem Pike in Montgomeryville, and Easton Road in Willow Grove.

In a separate indictment, a Philadelphia doctor with a suspended medical license allegedly used his colleague as a go-between to get prescription drugs, so he could exchange them for sexual favors from a patient.