A Munster physician
has pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled substance, the U.S.
Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana is reporting.
Jay Joshi, age 34,
of Burr Ridge, Ill., entered the plea this week.
documents in this case, Joshi--a medical doctor licensed to practice in
Indiana-- practiced medicine at Prestige Clinics in Munster. Until Nov. 21,
2017, Joshi was also registered by the Drug Enforcement Administration to
Prescribe Schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substances.
2017 and December 2017, the DEA and Munster Police Department obtained
information on Joshi’s history of prescribing controlled substances, through
INSPECT, Indiana’s prescription monitoring program designed to serve as a
tool to address the problem of prescription drug abuse and diversion of
obtained data from INSPECT and it is alleged that since April 2017, Joshi
issued over 6,000 prescriptions for controlled substances,” the U.S.
Attorney’s Office said. “It is also alleged that Joshi ranked first in Lake
County and ninth in the State of Indiana in the number of prescriptions
written for controlled substances by DEA registered providers. During the
time-period alleged in the indictment, Joshi dispensed controlled substances
that were not prescribed for a legitimate medical purpose and outside the
scope of professional practice.”
controlled substances that are not medically necessary intensify the
national opioid problem facing this country,” U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch
said. “Today’s guilty plea should be a warning to other doctors who engage
in such practice. When we identify doctors prescribing opioids in this
manner, we will prosecute them.”