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March 22nd, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
On February 10, 2009, a physician with a practice in Duarte, California, was arrested on federal narcotics charges for allegedly dispensing powerful and addictive painkillers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, directly out of his office without examining “patients” who simply paid him cash for pills.
Daniel J. Healy, 52, who resides in Arcadia, was arrested by DEA at his office without incident. According to a criminal complaint filed last week and unsealed today, Healy allegedly ordered, dispensed and prescribed huge amounts of prescription painkillers over the past three years to patients he often did not examine.
“The abuse of addictive prescription drugs continues to increase in the United States at alarming rates,” said Timothy J. Landrum, Special Agent in Charge. “Between 2004 and 2005, emergency room visits in the U.S. attributed to the non-medical use of pharmaceuticals increased by more than 25%. Unfortunately, there are a few doctors supplying these drugs that are more interested in profit then the health of their patients.”
According to the complaint, Healy drew the attention of DEA when an informant reported that Healy was dispensing controlled substances in exchange for cash. The informant reported that “patients” could obtain any amount of nearly any kind of painkiller from Healy, and use the pills themselves or sell them for profit. On some occasions, Healy allegedly accepted on-the-spot cash payments for manufacturer bottles of narcotics containing as many as 500 pills. The complaint alleges that Healy was known to inquire whether his “patients” wanted a “party size” or “family size” bottle of narcotics.
The complaint alleges that in 2008, Healy ordered an “exceedingly high” amount of hydrocodone and wrote “large quantities of prescriptions for oxycodone and hydrocodone and other controlled substances.” After reviewing pharmacy records, the DEA determined that Healy ordered over 1 million hydrocodone tablets last year – more than any other individual practitioner in the nation. Based on Healy’s ordering history and the prices he charged, the DEA estimates that Healy profited $688,840 in 2008 on his sales of hydrocodone tablets alone.
The investigation into Healy was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which received assistance from the Monrovia Police Department and the Medical Board of California.