Your doctor works for the DEA

http://www.pharmaciststeve.com/?p=15297

Michael Minas, MD, 51, a solo, independent family practice doctor in Eagle, Idaho, was indicted in June, 2014, with seventeen counts of distributing a controlled substance outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose…

First Dr. Minas considered accepting a plea agreement based on 17 charges, but then, like the rest of us innocent physicians, decided to trust the justice system and go to trial. So the US Attorney countered by adding 129 additional charges to ensure conviction (total of 146)…

In an article by John Sowell of the Idaho Statesman, the prosecution is reported to say that Dr. Minas’s family practice clinic focused on pain, as if that was a crime. As a family practitioner whose primary practice also became pain management in a rural area because there was no one else willing, I can verify that this is not a crime and does not reflect illegal activity, but compassionate patient-oriented medicine…

Next comes the warnings to physicians of the future. The new laws being presented in states and now the federal government, makes even the simplest decision in pain management by a physician criminal…

The attorneys say Minas, as one of a few independent physicians in the Treasure Valley not affiliated with the Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s health care systems, was targeted by the government to set an example to doctors throughout Idaho who continue to provide pain medication outside a pain clinic setting. I expand that to read “outside a hospital-owned setting.” …

I know that in my case, the people [patients] I suspected to be drug dealers were never charged with anything when I informed the drug enforcement officer in my county, Mr. Larry Finley…

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