The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure issued an emergency suspension order efficient October 23 in opposition to Samson Ok. Orusa, MD Clarksville, Tennessee, a doctor accused of healthcare fraud and inappropriately prescribing opioids. The defendant indicated that he anticipates being acquitted of greater than 40 costs in opposition to him.
Orusa was convicted by a jury in Tennessee of a number of costs, based on courtroom information, together with “illegally distributing opioid ache tablets, healthcare fraud, cash laundering, and sustaining a medical apply for the aim of prescribing medication with no professional medical objective.”
“Physicians who prey upon an already addicted inhabitants; steal from public healthcare applications; and have interaction in such reckless disregard for affected person security, as alleged right here, will face a vigorous prosecution by this workplace,” stated U.S. Lawyer Cochran. “Anybody who contributes to the opioid epidemic plaguing this nation ought to count on to be focused by our legislation enforcement companions and held accountable.”
The indictment in opposition to him was introduced after a affected person died of a heroin overdose the ready room of his apply and nothing was performed to assist or save the affected person’s life, whereas one other handed away from an overdose after Orusa prescribed him a number of managed substances. Tennessee revoked his ache administration certificates the identical day and later found that Orusa allegedly “wrote 164 particular person prescriptions for 12,754 tablets.”
Orusa utilized to resume his Kentucky license in March of this yr, however the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure issued an emergency suspension order in opposition to him final month. In reapplying for licensure, Orusa wrote a letter saying he was “harmless of the fees in opposition to him” and assured that he could be acquitted.
Along with the formal costs introduced in opposition to Orusa, the physician was convicted of “prescribing painkillers and different medication with out doing correct examinations,” a cost for which he additionally contends he will probably be acquitted. The courtroom discovered that he allegedly prescribed painkillers to people regardless of having any data of whether or not they wanted them or have them of their system. The jury decided this was a transparent signal that they had been promoting the medication illicitly.
“Illegally prescribing narcotics for revenue is a severe offense,” said Matthew D. Line, Particular Agent in Cost of the IRS-Prison Investigation. “This investigation ought to ship a message to operators of those unlawful capsule mills that this exercise will probably be investigated and prosecuted. IRS Prison Investigation is proud to work with our legislation enforcement companions to cease the circulation of those unlawful medication into our communities.”
Christopher Evans, Particular Agent in Cost of DEA’s Louisville Area Division, which oversees DEA exercise all through Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia added, “The arrest of Dr. Orusa ought to function a warning to all docs who fail to apply medication in an moral and accountable method. The women and men of DEA are dedicated to utilizing each accessible useful resource to cease the circulation of medication into our communities, particularly when the drug vendor is a doctor.”