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NY Doctor Traded Pain Killer Prescriptions for Sexual Favors: Feds

May 23, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
NY Doctor Traded Pain Killer Prescriptions for Sexual Favors: Feds

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A 63-year-old Long Island Dr. Feelgood has been indicted for prescribing pain medication to addicts and to female patients in exchange for sexual favors, federal authorities said Friday.

Dr. Mitchell Fagin pleaded not guilty to the charges that he illegally distributed thousands of pills, including Oxycodone and Methadone, without any legitimate medical purpose.

“At the trial the government anticipates calling as witnesses several women who confirmed that Fagin accepted sexual favors in exchange for controlled substance prescriptions,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Gatz stated in court papers.

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Agent in Charge James Hunt said the doctor’s practice was a “medicine chest” for addicts.

Fagin’s medical record reads more like a rap sheet. His license was suspended in the early 1980s for abusing pain medication himself; he surrendered his license in 1993 due to an addiction to Vicodin; he was investigated by state authorities in 2012 for prescribing methadone to a girlfriend, according to court papers.

The prosecutor noted that Fagin’s current wife has received prescriptions from him for more than 20,000 oxycodone, morphine, and methadone pills.

“Dr. Fagin allegedly used his prescription-writing privileges not to heal, as was his duty, but to victimize vulnerable patients,” said acting Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Kelly Currie.

The government demanded as a condition of Fagin’s release that he immediately surrender his prescription-writing privileges and his medical license.

Fagin was released on $250,000 bail and surrendered his license to prescribe drugs. His license to practice medicine will also be suspended soon, an official said.

“The indictment does not charge him with trading pills for sex but it certainly a salacious allegation to destroy his reputation and gets their case in the press,” said defense lawyer Anthony Colloluri. “I believe his prescriptions are all legitimate and based on medical necessity and he did not commit a crime.”

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