Over the past few weeks many medical news stories have shocked the media. There seems to be a pattern with doctors getting caught up in lawsuits involving drugs, overdoses and deaths.
Recently, a doctor named Dzung Ahn Pham from California has been accused of having ties to five overdoses, after prescribing narcotics that he knew would be sold on the streets. Pham was charged with two federal counts of illegally distributing oxycodone.
Investigators say that Pham has been charging as much as $150 for a single visit to is urgent care center. Pham allegedly overcharged his patients and then pocketed a big part of the profit. The doctor will go to court and could face a maximum sentence of forty years in prison, if found guilty.
Similarly, to Pham’s case, doctor William Husel has been fired from Mount Carmel hospital for allegedly administrating fatal doses of drugs to patients. This issue was filed as a lawsuit on January 14, 2019 after a 79-year-old woman past away from fatal doses of fentanyl.
Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is used for controlling serious pain, but 500 times stronger than morphine. This drug is predominantly used on patients who have built up an opioid tolerance. According to drugabuse.org, any person who uses fentanyl that does not have a tolerance raised for opioids, is at serious risk.
Following a more in-depth investigation, the health executives determined that these actions began in 2015 and have been going on for the past few years. Dr. William Husel is not being held responsible for giving excessive doses of painkillers to thirty-four different patients.
According to dispath.com, some of the patient’s family have spoken out about how devastated they are about the situation. Many of them have said they were never informed about the painkillers that were administered.