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2 Orlando clinics closed; doctors accused of illegally prescrib...

There are 3 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 8, 2009, titled 2 Orlando clinics closed; doctors accused of illegally prescrib.... In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Two Orlando clinics were shut down after a federal indictment was handed down to four Tampa area residents on charges of illegally prescribing pain pills.

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DRSCANBECROOKS

Tampa, FL

#1 Apr 24, 2009
Troy Wubbena and Jeffrey Fiedlander, M.D. should never be allowed to practice medicine ever again. They have destroyed more lives than can be counted and are truly evil people. Both of them will be picking up the soap in the Prison showers within a year. Say hello to their new Girlfried (Bubba).
APIT

Tampa, FL

#2 Jan 26, 2010
Man charged in oxycodone scheme

By ELAINE SILVESTRINI | The Tampa Tribune

Published: January 26, 2010

TAMPA - A Pinellas County man worked with the owner of several pain clinics to illegally distribute oxycodone, authorities charged today.

Janusz Suzdorf, 29, of Dunedin has been charged with conspiring with Troy Wubbena, 44, of Tampa, to traffic in the drug.

Wubbena, a physician assistant and co-owner of Neurology & Pain Center clinics, has been charged with doling out pain pills to drug addicts. He's also accused of cheating Medicare out of more than $200,000. The clinics were in Tampa, Lakeland, Orlando, Jacksonville, and St. Petersburg.

Also charged in the scheme is physician Jeffrey Friedlander, who is accused of signing blank prescription forms that Wubbena and others used to distribute the drugs. Two other clinic employees have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs, including oxycodone, morphine, hydrocodone and alprazolam. The two Carl and Sarah Ehresman also have agreed to cooperate with the government.

Wubbena was accused of recruiting people to act as patients and to fill the prescriptions at pharmacies throughout the Middle District of Florida. The indictment said he told the people to bring him all or part of the oxycodone prescriptions.

Wubbena is also accused of filling out the blank prescriptions in the names of other people without their knowledge or consent. Those prescriptions also filled and used for illegal distribution, his indictment states.

The clinics were targeted in a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office undercover investigation beginning in September 2008. Two detectives, wearing recording devices, visited clinics six times, according to court filings.

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APIT

Tampa, FL

#3 Jan 31, 2010
Clinic trafficked pain pills through workers, report says
By ELAINE SILVESTRINI
[email protected]
Published: February 1, 2010
TAMPA - Thousands of pain pills were sold to high school students and addicts all over Florida by a network of pain clinic employees, patients and family members, federal authorities say in court documents.
Pain clinic co-owner Troy Wubbena directed the sales and kept track of it all on 3-by-5 note cards, with people's initials, the date of the next prescription refill and the type and quantity of drug, one participant told investigators, according to court filings.
The operation, which primarily involved the pain drug oxycodone, relied almost entirely on blank prescription forms signed by Friedlander and filled out by Wubbena and other clinic employees, federal authorities say.
New details of the Neurology & Pain Centers case have emerged in recently filed court documents. At least a dozen people, including high school friends of Wubbena's sons, got prescriptions from Wubbena, and in return, they gave him money and a portion of the drugs, according to federal and state records.
Some of the dealers told investigators they agreed to become dealers after getting hooked on Wubbena's prescriptions. The arrangement enabled them to feed their own habits and have some money left; one clinic employee made enough selling drugs to pay the mortgage, records state.
The state Department of Health has suspended Wubbena's physician's assistant license until a hearing can be conducted. Friedlander's physician's license was suspended briefly but has been reinstated, although his ability to prescribe pain medicine has been curtailed as a condition of his bail.
An 18-year-old high school student told investigators his involvement started when Wubbena offered him "roxies," slang for the pain pill roxicodone, which contains oxycodone. The young man, identified in state Health Department documents only as AB, split one of the pills with a friend, records state.
He told investigators Wubbena supplied the drug free of charge at least three or four times. Later, AB reported, after he was hooked, Wubbena charged him $15 a pill.
When AB ran low on money, Wubbena told him that if he would sell 20 pills for him, Wubbena would give AB five pills. With mostly high school students as customers, AB's sales rose to about 200 to 300 pills a day at $15 each, according to records.
In July 2008, AB was arrested by after a traffic stop where police found oxycodone and $800 in cash. He pleaded guilty in state court and agreed to help the investigation.
Two clinic employees, Carl and Sarah Ehresman, have pleaded guilty to federal charges and are also cooperating with authorities. Carl Ehresman is an emergency medical technician. Another alleged participant, Janusz Susdorf, was arrested last week.
Several other participants have been prosecuted in state court and are now cooperating with an investigation by a federal, state and local task force. Their stories were outlined in an affidavit filed in connection with Susdorf's arrest. The affidavit does not give their names, ages or sex.
One former clinic employee, for example, told detectives of seeking treatment at one of the clinics for back pain, court documents state.
The employee "quickly became addicted" to the pain medicine, which increased in potency until the prescription was for 80 mg pills of Oxycontin, according to the affidavit. The drug's manufacturer says that dose is potentially life-threatening and should only be prescribed for patients who have developed resistance to opiods.
The Neurology & Pain Center clinics are now closed.

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