Houston Doc guilty of Illegally prescribing 1.3M doses of Opioids

Houston Doc guilty of Illegally prescribing 1.3M doses of Opioids

A Houston doctor, Parvez Qureshi, 56, of Houston, Texas, has been convicted by a federal jury for illegally prescribing more than 1.3 million doses of opioids, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas reported.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, from 2014 through February 2016, Qureshi, illegally prescribed controlled substances for patients at Spring Shadows Medical Clinic of Houston.

Spring Shadows Medical Clinic of Houston is owned by an advanced practice nurse practitioner, Rubeena Ayesha, 52, of Houston, who had earlier pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme and is awaiting sentencing before U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt of the Southern District of Texas.

The doctor, according to trial evidence issued unlawful prescriptions for controlled substances to over 90 people on the clinic’s busiest days. Numerous individuals were brought by “Runners” to pose as patients at Spring Shadows and paid for their visits. Spring Shadows charged approximately $250-$500 for each patient visit and required payment in cash.

The trial evidence further showed that he pre-signed prescriptions for controlled substances and issued prescriptions for patients who were not evaluated by a physician.

Over 1.3 million dosage units of hydrocodone, and over 40,000 dosage units of oxycodone prescriptions, both Schedule II controlled substances, were written by Qureshi within the duration of the scheme.

The combination of oxycodone/hydrocodone and carisoprodol is a dangerous drug cocktail with no known medical benefit. Over $4 million was made by the clinic from prescriptions issued in the scheme, with Qureshi receiving over $1.5 million of the money made.

He was convicted of one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute and dispense controlled substances and four counts of unlawfully distributing and dispensing controlled substances. Qureshi faces a possible 20 years maximum penalty in prison for each count.

The doctor is due to be sentenced on January 10, 2022.

 

 

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Author: Greg