Monday, December 6, 2021

The court hears the cases of doctors convicted of using painkillers

WASHINGTON (AP) – On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear appeals from two doctors who were found guilty of distributing painkillers after issuing thousands of prescriptions on short notice.

The court will hear Xiulu Ruana of Mobile, Alabama, and Shaquille Kahn, a medical practitioner at Ft. Mojave, Arizona; and Casper, Wyoming.

Ruan and his partner James Coach were found guilty of over-prescribing at their clinic and at the Pain Specialists pharmacy in Alabama.

According to the investigation, in 2014, both doctors wrote 66,892 prescriptions. They raised $ 20 million from 2012 until the 2015 raid, prosecutors said.

Kahn was convicted of conspiracy to illegally distribute and dispense controlled substances resulting in death, including oxycodone, an opioid pain reliever, and fentanyl, a synthetic opioid.

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Jessica Birch of Lake Havasu City, Arizona was Kahn’s patient who died of an overdose in 2015.

He wrote nearly 15,000 controlled substance prescriptions between 2011 and the end of 2016, according to prosecutors, a total of about 2.2 million pills, of which nearly half were oxycodone.

In their appeals, both doctors stated that they acted in accordance with professional standards and that they were not allowed to “in good faith” defend their patients that they did not intend to harm patients.

The Justice Department said in the Rouen case that there is overwhelming evidence that Rouen and his partner acted “as a large-scale pusher and not as a doctor.”

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