A Pennsylvania doctor has been indicted for allegedly prescribing opioids in a reckless manner to addicted a former patient, according to a civil lawsuit filed earlier this month.
Former patient Carl Graves accused Dr. Ajeeb John Titus of prescribing at least 7,400 oxycodone tablets and 1,700 oxycodone pills between 2016 and 2020, according to legal documents Amphetamine pills without ordering any diagnostic tests or trying alternative treatment options. Graves claims Titus’ prescribing behavior directly contributed to severe opioid addiction.
Graves is involved in lawsuit along with his wife Sandi Jo, claiming he was hospitalized multiple times after receiving his prescription Titus on September 21, 2020, as required by law ‘s final prescription — shortly before the doctor was charged with multiple felonies for allegedly prescribing illegally — and he continued to require medical attention for his addiction to opioids prescribed by Titus
In court filings, Graves alleged that Titus “acted recklessly, recklessly and negligently by prescribing extreme quantities and combinations of dangerous and addictive narcotic drugs without medical justification.”
The document also states that Titus failed to recognize the signs and symptoms of addiction, failed to wean Graves from “deadly narcotics,” while he “knew or The risk of serious injury “results” should have been known, and that Ti tus was “totally and exclusively” responsible for the addiction. Therefore, Graves and his wife are seeking at least $100,000 in damages.
In September 2020, Titus was charged with 21 counts of illegally administering a controlled substance, 4 counts to a drug addict, according to a report from Lehigh Valley Live News Arrested for distribution of a controlled substance, 3 counts of drug possession with intent to deliver, and 1 count of drug possession and drug possession. Possession by false statement. He was released on bail shortly after, the report states.
These allegations relate to the same opioid prescribing practices mentioned in the Graves lawsuit, but include a 10-year period beginning in January 2010 through January 2020, involving several anonymous patients. Graves was not specifically mentioned in the allegations.
Titus was charged for prescribing a controlled substance — such as hydroxyapatite — “outside of his lawful and ethical medical practice” Codone, Oxycodone and Fentanyl – According to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s 2020 press release.
The press release also states that Titus has not Being able to keep accurate medical records that would have supported the prescription of a large number of controlled drug substances, failed to conduct routine examinations of his patients and accused Titus of only asking patients what medicines they wanted to be prescribed.
Prescribing thoughtfully and in the best interests of patients,” Shapiro said in a 2020 press release. “Instead, he used his opportunity to prescribe the highly addictive drugs that fuel Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis and for his own benefit.”
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