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San Leandro Podiatrist Charged with Multiple Felonies for Writing Thousands of Illegal Prescriptions

DA officials say Dr. Tan Nguyen, 62, wrote more than 5,000 prescriptions for painkillers and other drugs in one year.

A San Leandro podiatrist was charged on Friday with felony counts related to unlawfully dispensing addictive narcotics to patients, according to the district attorney's office.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley said Dr. Tan Nguyen, 62, wrote more than 5,000 prescriptions for painkillers and other drugs in the span of one year.
 
During the investigation, O'Malley said undercover law enforcement agents posed as patients and visited Nguyen to request prescriptions for medication.

The defendant wrote prescriptions without ever examining patients or asking any health related questions, investigators said. Prosecutors said between June 2013 and June 2014, Nguyen wrote thousands of prescriptions for hydrocodone, known as Vicodin; oxycodone, a highly addictive narcotic painkiller; carisoprodol, a muscle relaxer; and diazepam, an anti-anxiety medication, known as Valium.
 
In addition to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, the Department of Health and Human Services, the FBI, and the Alameda County Sheriff's Office took part in the investigation.
 
"Medical professionals who unlawfully supply prescriptions to controlled substances will be identified and prosecuted," said O'Malley in a statement. "Prescription drug use is a public safety and public health issue. These drugs are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse, which can lead to addiction, accidental poisoning or other grave consequences," O'Malley added.
 
Nguyen was previously convicted in 2008 of selling illegal narcotics prescriptions, according to the district attorney's office.

—By City News
Larry Smith June 30, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Why the hell is this person still a doctor? What he is doing is a direct violation of the Hippocratic oath he swore to uphold. What does that say about our medical profession and health care system if a convicted criminal is permitted to continue committing crimes? Where is the protection for the public. I only hope they shut him down permanently, like throw him in jail!

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