Manhattan doctor busted for writing 14,000 unnecessary painkiller prescriptions, even to addicts
A Manhattan physician, who describes himself on his website as a “good old-fashioned family doctor,” was caught giving unneeded painkiller prescriptions, allegedly knowing some of his patients were hooked on the pills.
“Brooklyn federal prosecutors said Dr. Martin Tesher wrote more than 14,000 oxycodone prescriptions in a Dr. Feelgood act that lasted almost five years. The prescriptions allegedly generated 2.2 million oxycodone pills — $20 million worth of opioids, according to authorities.”
Tesher faces up to 20 years on a charge of distributing, and he was released Monday on a 250,000 bond.
“One of Tesher’s bail conditions is he can’t write prescriptions for a list of drugs, including oxycodone.”
Tesher was even distributing to people who voiced their previous opioid addiction. Giving many missed opportunities that he could’ve prescribed an anti-opioid to these patients.
“Acting Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde said Tesher ‘used his position as a doctor not to heal but to foster opioid addiction.’”