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Munster doctor pleads to distribution of controlled substance in federal court

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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.

According to 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.

Between September 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 controlled substances.

“Investigators 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.”

“Prescribing 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.”



Posted 7/26/2018




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