June 16, 2010

Kansas Doctor & Deaths: Outrage

An absolutely shocking story out of Kansas this week, as a local doctor stands accused of being responsible for 68 deaths, according to federal prosecutors.

The man, Dr. Stephen Schneider, along with his wife is accused of improperly and illegally prescribing various dangerous prescription drugs, engaging in health care fraud schemes, and setting up a money laundering scheme as well. Said one voice speaking out against the defendants, "If this clinic was a legitimate pain management practice ... the defendants would have taken action in the face of these overdoses and deaths."

Their clinic prescribed many highly addictive and dangerous drugs including Actiq, which is supposed to be presctibed only to terminally ill cancer patients, as wekl as xanax and many other controlled substances.

Kansas Doctor & Deaths: Outrage

The high number of patient deaths at their clinic should have alerted a Kansas doctor and his wife that their policies, practices and prescriptions were deadly, a federal prosecutor told jurors Tuesday. Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, have been charged with unlawfully prescribing drugs, health care fraud and money laundering at their Haysville clinic, which has been linked to 68 deaths. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Treadway said in closing arguments Tuesday that evidence presented during the eight-week trial told "a sordid tale of how money, not medicine" controlled the defendants' actions. She said the Schneiders cheated people out of life.

Kansas Doctor & Deaths: Outrage

Posted at June 16, 2010 6:38 AM