Alexandria, VA (March 5, 2020) – A doctor accused of illegally diverting Adderall and oxycodone to several patients over an extended period has pleaded guilty, according to reports.
In 2012, Dr. Gurpreet Singh Bajwa temporarily lost his license following an investigation by the Virginia Department of Health Professions, which uncovered that the doctor was engaging in irresponsible prescription drug practices. After his reinstatement, Dr. Bajwa switched from prescribing pain killers alone to increasing the number of sedatives, stimulants, and benzodiazepines prescribed to others.
In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alongside the US Food and Drug Administration, issued warnings to medical professionals in an effort to curb prescribing opioids and benzodiazepines, including Xanax, together due to the increased risk of suffering fatal overdoses. Despite these warnings, Dr. Bajwa continued to prescribe medications without caution.
In 2018, two undercover law enforcement officers posed as patients and went into the doctor’s office for visits. After a brief interview, the patients were prescribed 30-day prescriptions for Adderall. Dr. Bajwa failed to conduct a patient analysis or review medical records for current and previous prescriptions, which would have uncovered that the patient received a 30-day prescription for the medication within the two weeks prior. The second patient requested Adderall for workout purposes and was given the prescription with ease.
Not only did Bajwa engage in prescribing combinations of medications that were advised against, but he also prescribed medications to patients who he knew were battling additions to the medications. Thorough investigations into the doctor determine that he was continually prescribing prescriptions of both oxycodone and Xanax to patients across New Jersey, which ultimately lead to the death of one patient.
On March 4, Dr. Gurpret Singh Bajwa pleaded guilty to five counts of distribution of Adderall and one count of distribution of oxycodone. He faces a maximum penalty of 20-years in prison.
Illegal Distribution of Medications
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