Tucson podiatrist pleads guilty to forging oxycodone prescriptions – Arizona Daily Star

A Tucson podiatrist pleaded guilty in Pima County Superior Court to forging oxycodone prescriptions, state officials said.

Loren Scott Wessel is facing up to 3¾ years in prison when he is sentenced on July 14 for forgery, according to a news release from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

According to the AG, a veterinary supply company contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration after Wessel (more…)

Mallinckrodt to settle oxycodone diversion case for $35M with Justice Department -…

Many public officials would like to hold makers of the highly addictive drug oxycodone responsible for at least some of the local devastation that has stemmed from an epidemic of opioid addiction and overdoses over the last decade. But a federal investigation, extensively documented by the Washington Post, shows how difficult that can be.

The newspaper reported that Mallinckrodt, one of the (more…)

San Leandro: Physician’s assistant charged with distributing oxycodone – East Bay Times

OAKLAND — A confidential federal drug informant wore a wire and witnessed a physician’s assistant illegally distributing a powerful painkiller, according to court records.

David Lague, who worked as a physician’s assistant out of San Leandro, is facing a charge of distributing Oxycodone, an opioid pain medication, without a legitimate medical purpose, and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison (more…)