Doctor sentenced for improper prescribing after patients died
A former Monroe County physician has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison after pleading guilty to improperly prescribing powerful painkillers.
Three of Clella Louise Hayes’ patients died of drug overdoses, according to federal court documents.
State police began investigating Hayes after receiving complaints. Among other things, a local officer said a significant amount of drugs diverted to the black market in town originated with prescriptions Hayes had written, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Weiser said in one motion.
Hayes acknowledged she failed to establish a legitimate diagnosis of several patients’ pain complaints, failed to properly consider risk factors for drug abuse, and didn’t take into account inconsistencies in urine tests that reflected drug abuse, according to a release from U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn Jr.