Tuesday, May 08, 2007


A Washington Post article headline "Pain doctor is guilty of drug trafficking" appeared April 28, 2007. It reports on the outcome of the second trial of Dr. William Hurwitz. One would hardly guess from the headline that Dr. Hurwtiz was never accused of profiting from the prescriptions he wrote. Traffickers may "come in all shapes and sizes" as US Attroney Rosenberg is quoted as saying. But a drug trafficker whom prosecuters acknowledge never made a penny from the trade defies imagination!


At 1:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Attroney is Attorney. Where do you read the prosecuters acknowledge that he never made a penny off of the sale of the drugs he wrote scripts for? He charged a couple hundred each time someone walked into his office, each time he wrote a script, whether or not the dog ate the previous one or not. That was AFTER he the first visit, which was a huge chunk of money initially. He knowingly gave scripts to patients who sold them. He wrote scripts for several hundred pills a day - one patient he wrote for 1600 pills a day. He killed people because he wanted to be a big shot.

At 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew the Dr. I'm not sure how reliable your information is. It sounds like something quoted out of the prosecution's "evidence". In Northern Va, you pay those sorts of prices for all sorts of specialists, especially with a gov't determined to make pain medication available in theory only. Drs in America are hounded to death for actually prescribing them. My father was being given about 100 morphine tablets a day shortly before his death from cancer...and that was up from 2 tylox a day he was on 6 months earlier. He was inpatient. I suppose you personally hired your own experts to examine the 1600 pills a day prescription. Where are the pharmacists who filled them? How is it that the DEA and Pharmacy Board waited until the pill count equalled 1600 a day before doing anything? What was the drug? You couldn't walk into his office and tell him the dog ate them, nor could you go early without being refused any further service. Initially he would titrate you over several days. That meant he might talk to you and adjust your dosage several times a day and night till you were appropriately medicated. Ever seen what American Drs charge you just for reading your chart at the nurses station after surgery? My bet is that 1600 pill a day prescription is being hidden under that pile of WMDs they found in Iraq. Right next to the African Yellow Cake Uranium. YMMV.

At 10:46 AM, Blogger RGNewman, MD said...

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At 10:47 AM, Blogger RGNewman, MD said...

Thanks to Anonymous for helping put the news reports and "evidence" into perspective- and for adding a touch of humor at the same time. I concur with your skerpticism and sentiments. rn


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