Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Pill Mill Doctor on Trial for MurderSeptember 28, 2015
A Los Angeles doctor is facing a lifetime in prison for her alleged role in the drug overdose deaths of at least three of her patients. The families of the victims say that Dr. Hsiu-Ying Tseng should be held accountable for prescribing powerful and potentially lethal drugs to patients who did not need them. The case has drawn national attention and sparked debate about whether doctors should be held criminally liable for patients’ deaths.
Prosecutors have charged Tseng with second-degree murder in the 2009 deaths of three of her patients. The three young men, all in their 20s, died shortly after Tseng prescribed them large quantities of powerful and addictive drugs. According to courtroom reports, the men were among countless others who sought out Tseng specifically because of her reputation for hastily prescribing potent painkillers and other drugs.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Tseng wrote more than 27,000 prescriptions over a three-year period – an average of 25 per day. Her receptionist testified that lines of anxious patients, usually men in their 20s, would form outside of Tseng’s clinic. Many would wait as long as three hours for a visit that sometimes took only three minutes. She also testified that Tseng keep poor records of her patients and failed to write any notes in their files. In one file, there were records of prescriptions Tseng wrote for a patient who had never even visited the clinic.
Prosecutors say that Tseng routinely overprescribed dangerous drugs to patients without performing a physical exam and despite evidence of addiction. Tseng had been notified at least a dozen times that her patients were dying from overdoses. The first death happened in September 2007, just two days after Tseng handed the man prescriptions for Oxycodone, Xanax and Soma. The second death came just six months later, and was followed by several more.
Despite knowing exactly what caused these tragic deaths, Tseng did nothing to alter her prescribing practices. One pharmacist reported being alarmed over the high amounts of Oxycontin and Xanax ordered by Tseng, and eventually stopped accepting prescriptions written by the doctor. Finally in August 2010, after numerous bereaved families filed complaints, Tseng was stripped of her ability to prescribe medication. She was arrested in March 2012 and has spent the past three years in jail awaiting her trial.
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