Doctor Receives Probation for Role in Over-Medication of Nursing Home Patients

A doctor has been sentenced this week to three years probation in connection with nursing home patients being drugged against their will. The physician was charged with conspiracy to commit an act injurious to public health.

According to authorities, staff at the nursing home gave, sometimes by forced injection,  high and unnecessary doses of anti-psychotic drugs to eight elderly patients to keep them quiet. Three patients, 91, 85, and 76, died, possibly as a result of the medication. The doctor, staff physician for the facility, was arrested in February 2009 after a two-year investigation.

According to prosecutors, the over-medication resulted in medical complications, including lethargy and the inability to eat or drink properly. Several others have been charged in connection with the incident, and two individuals are still awaiting trial. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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