Jeffrey George, a convicted Florida pill mill owner, testified in the trial of a doctor accused of murder in the overdose death of a patient.
George, who is serving a prison sentence for his involvement in a pain clinic conspiracy, testified that Dr. Gerald Klein was aware that the business model of the clinic was to keep patients on addictive drugs like oxycodone.
Klein, 81, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Joey Bartolucci, 24, one of his patients. Prosecutors said that Klein prescribed Bartolucci a high dosage of hydromorphone pills as well as Xanax in February 2009, and that Barolucci died of an overdose the next day.
George testified that Klein was aware that the East Coast Pain Clinic accepted cash only, that patients must pay $150 before seeing a doctor, and that no procedures were performed. George said that Klein was paid $4,300 per week for three days of work.
George is serving a 15 ½ year prison sentence after pleading guilty to federal charges related to the drug conspiracy.
In addition to facing criminal charges, pill mill owners and doctors may face civil lawsuits for pharmaceutical negligence filed by people who were injured by improper prescriptions. If you or a loved one suffered an injury as the result of pharmaceutical negligence, contact Joyce & Reyes for a free consultation.