Nurse Practitioner Prescribes Controlled Substance to Patient Whose Chart Suggests Drug Seeking, Facing up to 4 Years in Prison

September 17, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​A Virginia nurse practitioner is facing up to four years in prison after she pleaded guilty to helping a patient fraudulently obtain a controlled substance, states an August 21, 2018, news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. She admitted to prescribing 145 oxycodone compound 32 mg pills to a patient who did not have a medical need for it. She admitted that she intentionally ignored signs indicating that the patient may have been drug seeking, including "at least three abnormal drug screens" in which the patient tested positive for substances she had not been prescribed and negative for her prescribed medications.

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