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Bethesda Doctor Charged in Prescription Drug Case

Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Jun 15, 2009 in Medical Malpractice

Eric Greenberg, MD and his wife was arrested last week after his office on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, MD was raided by the police. His wife Jaquenette I. Fischman was also arrested. It has been reported that pharmacists told the police that Dr. Greenberg was writing prescriptions for drug addicts; and a Montgomery County drug suspect told investigators that he and all of his friends obtained their illegal drugs from Dr. Greenberg. Authorities in Prince George's County Maryland also arrested two county employees and the investigation had some link to Greenberg according to the Washington Post.

The case involved Oxycontin, Dilaudid and Suboxone. In 2007 Greenberg was placed on probation by the Board that governs doctors for improperly prescribing to a family member of his and for not keeping proper records. If you or someone you love has been the victim of Maryland medical malpractice, including the victim of a medical doctor overprescribing prescription pain medications such as oxycontin, dilaudid and/or oxycodone, then you should call an attorney to discuss whether or not you have a medical negligence case.

The standard of care for prescribing narcotic pain killers and other heavy duty prescription drugs essentially requires that the medical doctor provide close supervision to the patient and that the doctor keep track of the number of pills and/or doses given to the patient. Some doctors have patients sign a contract before they prescribe such drugs whereby the patient promises he will not obtain any similar prescriptions from others in the medical community and that the patient will be honest and truthful with the medical doctor.

Narcotic pain killers are a double edged sword. On the one hand they provide many patients with a quality of life that they otherwise would not have. But on the other hand, many patients abuse these drugs and end up injuring themselves or in rehab.

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