A globe-trotting New York physician whose clinic prescribed extra ache tablets than any hospital within the state has been charged within the deaths of six individuals who overdosed on opioids.
Dr. Eugene Gosy of Williamsville, close to Buffalo, was indicted final yr on federal narcotics and fraud expenses by prosecutors who mentioned he turned sufferers of his ache administration clinic into drug addicts for revenue.
Seven months later, a grand jury has handed up a superseding indictment that claims his alleged pill-pushing “caused the death of at least six individuals, and contributed to the deaths of others.”
The 166-count indictment made public Wednesday additionally alleges that Gosy signed loss of life certificates, with out an post-mortem, for sufferers taking managed substances.
“Today’s charges cannot bring back the lives of those who died, but is a message to traffickers and rogue doctors that their actions have irrevocable consequences,” mentioned Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent-in-Charge James Hunt.
A DEA official mentioned that to tie deaths to a physician, investigators have to collect proof to point out that the drug ingested earlier than they overdosed got here from the defendant. That can embody witnesses who noticed the sufferer take tablets from a bottle with the physician’s title and toxicology reviews displaying the focus of the drug within the victims system traces up with the dosage of tablets lacking from the bottle, the official mentioned.
Gosy’s legal professional, Joel Daniels, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. But up to now, Gosy has mentioned he dedicated no wrongdoing and portrayed himself as an advocate for individuals combating ache.
In an announcement final May on a neighborhood radio station, Gosy mentioned he was a sufferer of “wild character badbadination.” And Daniels mentioned on the time that the entire prescriptions his shopper wrote had been for “legitimate medical purposes.”
The indictment accuses Gosy, 55, of handing out prescriptions for opioids together with fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone with no medical foundation to sufferers who had been clearly abusing the medicines which have fueled a nationwide disaster.
Prosecutors — who’re searching for forfeiture of Gosy’s BMW, Porsche and pleasure boat — mentioned he ignored “red flags” together with flunked drug badessments, “doctor shopping” by sufferers,” claims of misplaced medicines and even ideas from relations nervous that their family members had been hooked on tablets.
He allegedly signed clean prescriptions that others crammed out whereas he was out of city, and sufferers had been allowed to name in for refills processed by employees who weren’t correctly educated or licensed, prosecutors charged.
Nurse practitioners and physicians badistants crammed out lots of of prescriptions a day for sufferers they barely knew, typically with out even taking a look at their charts, the indictment expenses.
Gosy additionally submitted staff’ compensation claims for remedy offered by underlings whereas he was touring to such far-flung places as Moscow, Honolulu, Athens and the Dominican Republic.
The head of the New York division of the Drug Enforcement Administration likened Gosy’s clinic to a “modern-day version of 19th century Opium dens.”
Gosy faces as much as life in jail on a number of the counts. He continues to be working towards drugs however cannot write prescriptions for managed substances.
One of his sufferers, Sheri Johnson, mentioned she did not acknowledge the portrait of the physician painted by the indictment.
“Dr. Gosy is truly my hero. He keeps me mobile,” mentioned Johnson, who has been a affected person since she was in a automobile accident 15 years in the past.
“Honestly, unless someone lives with chronic pain, they have no idea what it’s all about.”