indica News Bureau-
An Indian American doctor has been arrested by the US authorities for allegedly prescribing a combination of medication drugs to multiple patients under the guise of treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy, even when they did not need the medication.
Forty-eight year old Gurpreet Singh Bajwa, allegedly issued about 15,000 Adderall prescriptions to over 1,000 patients. According to simple calculation, it amounts to prescribing more than 700 prescriptions in a month, said officials.
Though the Department of Health Professions had previously suspended his medical license in 2012 on similar grounds, the officials said that the doctor did not stop his ill practice of prescribing prescription drugs. Many local pharmacies in Oakton in Virginia had blacklisted Bajwa, refusing to fill prescriptions from him.
According to a report on News 18, in the beginning in summer 2018, two undercover law enforcement officers posed as patients and made appointments to see Bajwa, according to an affidavit in court.
During each visit, Bajwa allegedly prescribed the officers a 30-day supply of Adderall, despite them not having a need for the medication, it said.
One of the officers told Bajwa that she was a fitness model and needed the medication for her workouts, which is not a legitimate use for the substance, as per the affidavit.
The undercover officer also asked Bajwa to prescribe her extra pills that she could give to a “friend” and he readily agreed. Bajwa is charged with illegal distribution of Adderall, a Schedule II controlled substance, it said.
He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison if convicted.