U.S. Grassley’s investigation started with a Miami Psychiatrist who wrote $43 Million worth of prescriptions from 2004-2009.  It was calculated that psychiatrist Fernando Mendez-Villamil wrote an average of 153 prescriptions a day for 18 months ending in March 2009. On June 21, 2010 the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration terminated its Medicaid contract with Mendez-Villamil.

 

U.S. Grassley called for a federal probe to investigate nationwide.

 

Now, newspaper stories from various states are starting to pop up about their own top prescribers.  (see below)

 

Senator Grassley

 

U.S. Senator Grassley

 

November 14, 2010 Oklahoma, The Oklahoman

Senator scrutinizes top Oklahoma prescribers of pain, anti-psychotic medications

 

November 5, 2010 Alabama, Tuscaloosa News

EDITORIAL: Why are doctors writing so many prescriptions?

 

November 1, 2010 Connecticut, Hartford Courant

Senator Grassley Cites Connecticut Example Of Doctors Who Write Too Many Prescriptions

 

October 30, 2010 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Feds eye doctors’ prescriptions for drug fraud

 

October 30, 2010 Arizona, Arizona Daily Star

State provides spending data on prescription drugs to senator

 

October 28, 2010 Arizona, Arizona Daily Star

Arizona provides prescription drug spending data to U.S. Senator

 

October 28, 2010 West Virginia

Editorial: Senator asks good questions about prescription drugs

 

October 23, 2010 Minnesota, Star Tribune

Top prescribers under Senate’s microscope

 

October 21, 2010 Florida, El Nuevo Herald

Psiquiatra de Miami en el centro de polémica por fraude con recetas al Medicare

 

October 21, 2010 Florida, Miami Herald

Another volley in Rx probe

 

October 21, 2010 Florida, AP

Senator: Feds should probe high prescribing docs

 

December 27, 2009 Florida, St. Petersburg Times

The high price of Medicare fraud

 

December 18, 2009 Florida, Miami Herald

Florida Medicare halts payments to Miami psychiatrist

 

December 17, 2009 Florida, AP

Feds Investigating High Prescribing Fla. Docs

 

December 16, 2009 Florida, Miami Herald

Miami psychiatrist cited in letter blasting health services monitoring