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Doctors booted from Medicaid for massive oxy doses in Florida

The state’s most prolific prescriber of Medicaid-financed oxycodone to the poor in 2010 and 2011 has been barred from participating in the taxpayer supported health care program, one of 76 such high-volume prescribers identified in a Palm Beach Post investigation.

Four others, including West Palm physician Dr. John Christensen, are either under regulatory scrutiny or have been disciplined for their prescribing patterns.

None wrote more oxycodone prescriptions than Dr. Jorge Leal. The Tampa-area anesthesiologist and pain clinic specialist prescribed over 715,000 doses of oxycodone billed to Medicaid over two years – on average, just under 1,000 doses a day. On busy days, Leal’s oxycodone scripts were filled by the bushel: Multiple times, more than 2,000 pills a day were filled by pharmacies and billed to Medicaid; during one 24-hour period, that number topped 4,000 pills.

See on www.palmbeachpost.com

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