Archive for the ‘overdose’ Category

Physician prolific at writing prescriptions

March 30, 2008

By Tim Carpenter
Topeka Capital-Journal
March 27, 2008

Stephen Schneider knew the high volume of drug overdoses among his clinic patients was attracting the wrong kind of attention.A piece of the proof emerged in 2006 while Schneider underwent questioning by attorney Larry Wall, who filed a malpractice lawsuit against the physician on behalf of a deceased patient. The interrogation was lengthy and, at times, heated. But the owner of the high-traffic, pain-management clinic was ready.
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“Have patients died at the clinic?” Wall asked.

“Upon advice of counsel,” Schneider replied, “I assert my Fifth Amendment rights.”

“Have you experienced overdoses at the clinic where a patient would receive an injection of narcotic drugs and they would become comatose?”

“Upon advice of counsel, I assert my Fifth Amendment right.”

In all, Schneider invoked his privilege to avoid self-incrimination 352 times in that deposition. Linda Schneider, his wife and business manager of the clinic south of Wichita, raised the same constitutional shield 281 times in a deposition with Wall.

The Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which regulates medical professionals, was also on the Schneiders’ trail. The agency confirmed instances of negligence in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and filed a disciplinary case against Stephen Schneider in May 2006.

“Things were put on a very fast track,” said Mark Stafford, the board’s lead attorney.

Then, the board’s case….

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http://cjonline.com/stories/032808/kan_262505465.shtml

Kansas doctor accused of running ‘pill mill’

December 21, 2007
By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press Writer 

WICHITA, Kan. – A physician accused of operating a “pill mill” was charged Thursday with illegally prescribing drugs in a scheme that prosecutors say caused the overdose deaths of at least four patients.

A Topeka grand jury returned a 34-count indictment against Dr. Stephen J. Schneider and his wife, nurse Linda K. Schneider, who were arrested Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren said. They are to appear in federal court in Wichita on counts including conspiracy, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, health care fraud, illegal monetary transactions and money laundering.

According to the indictment, 56 of the doctor’s patients have died from accidental prescription ….

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071221/ap_on_re_us/doctor_indicted_2