This weekly roundup features arrests, criminal proceedings, and other reports alleging improper or questionable conduct by healthcare professionals.
After twice failing to get his pineapple extract-derived product approved for clinical trials, 4 years of warning letters from the FDA, and a raid by federal agents, a California doctor has been indicted by federal prosecutors as part of an alleged $1.6-million scheme to sell his unapproved “Allesgen” cancer drug to patients around the country.
The Ohio medical board disclosed documents revealing the criminal past of William Husel, DO — the doctor accused of prescribing excessive pain medication to upwards of 30 patients — that included a series of car break-ins and his involvement with a pipe bomb detonation during his college days. (NBC4)
A lawsuit related to Husel’s time at Mount Carmel West alleges that the hospital’s pharmacy chief knew about the excessive dosing, and another suit was updated to reflect that the nurse said to have administered a fatal dose of pain medication to a patient was Husel’s third, and current, wife. (ABC News, Columbus Dispatch)
After telling his patient he would “make her look beautiful again,” a Wisconsin plastic surgeon is being sued for sexual exploitation and medical negligence after he allegedly gave the patient oversized breast implants and rubbed her bare legs while draining a post-op abdominal wound; the physician had previously been disciplined for sexual misconduct in New York.
Undercover investigators posing as a 15-year-old girl on a website used for commercial sex say they communicated with a Grand Rapids doctor who has now been charged, along with seven others, for felony counts of soliciting a minor to engage in prostitution. (Duluth News Tribune)
Investigators believe an Idaho nurse disposed of a cellphone belonging to a Colorado mother who disappeared on Thanksgiving Day and is believed to be dead, NBC News reports. The nurse will appear in court Friday for at least one charge in connection with the case.
After a Philadelphia doctor had his medical license suspended in 2017, he had a colleague fill out oxycodone prescriptions for him, which he then exchanged for sexual favors from one of his patients, according to an indictment released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The two physicians are among 14 individuals facing charges for illegally prescribing opioids in a “pill mill” there. (NBC Philadelphia)
A North Carolina regulatory board suspended an oral surgeon’s license after four young women said he had sexually assaulted them while they were under anesthesia. (WECT News)
In Dallas, a physician was convicted for illegally prescribing and dispensing nearly 1 million doses of painkillers and anti-anxiety medication; the case involved a sham clinic where the defendants paid and coached homeless people to pose as patients. (Dallas Morning News)
A 73-year-old woman died from complications her family alleges were due to a surgery last year in which University of Colorado Hospital doctors wrongfully removed both of her kidneys, thinking they were cancerous, though her pathology report found “no evidence of malignancy.” (KDVR)