Thursday, April 10, 2008

Suspended doctor charged

As I wrote last June when this doctor’s license was suspended, he was over-prescribing and that activity in our opinion contributed to the death of several individuals.

Dr. Kane has now been charged in those drug-related deaths (there are more than those listed in the article linked): prescription writing “outside the scope of normal practice”.

Update: The Chicago Tribune ran this with a bit more info


Anonymous said...

I would like to hear your thoughts on this unfortunate story. My first thoughts were, "could it be that any of the patients were drug seekers who added digits to the # on the script?" and "Why were the pharmacists filling prescriptions for such a high number of pills?" and "was he helping people commit suicide?" and, lastly, "has Dr. Kane been evaluated for mental competency?" -Laura

Dr. Richard Keller said...

There were no added digits.

The question regarding the pharmacists apparent lack of due diligence/oversight is a very valid point in my mind and one we have raised with investigators.

We found no evidence that any of these cases were death by suicide, but were “non-medical” use of prescription meds gone awry.

To the last point, he did seem to “competent (mentally)” and aware of what he was doing.

These actions were criminal and contrary to the "first, do no harm" charge of physicians.