Doctor accused of prescribing opioids for no medical reason

10 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago Monday, March 19 2018 Mar 19, 2018 Monday, March 19, 2018 3:52:00 PM CDT March 19, 2018 in Continuous News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An eastern Missouri doctor has been indicted for allegedly prescribing fentanyl and other opioids to women with whom he had personal relationships.

The Drug Enforcement Administration said Monday that 62-year-old Philip Dean of Warrenton also is accused of lying to Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Scott Collier of the DEA office in St. Louis says Dean had relationships with female patients and prescribed pain relief drugs without legitimate medical reasons. The DEA says that in one case, Dean exchanged text and social media messages that were sexual in nature with a woman before prescribing drugs.

The DEA says that Medicaid paid $213,000 to provide fentanyl typically used by cancer patients to a woman who did not have cancer.

A phone call Monday seeking comment from Dean's medical office went unanswered.

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