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    Release No. 09-010

    February 10, 2009

    SAN GABRIEL VALLEY DOCTOR ARRESTED FOR DISPENSING NARCOTICS WITHOUT EXAMINING HIS ‘PATIENTS’

    A physician with a practice in Duarte was arrested today 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 at his office without incident this morning by special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration. According to a criminal complaint filed last week and unsealed when he was taken into custody, Healy allegedly ordered, dispensed and prescribed huge amounts of prescription painkillers over the past three years to patients he often did not examine. In fact, the complaint alleges that no single doctor in the nation purchased more hydrocodone tablets than Healy did last year.

    According to the complaint, Healy drew the attention of federal authorities when an informant reported that Healy was dispensing controlled substances in exchange for cash payments. The informant reported that “patients” could obtain any amount of nearly any kind of painkillers they wanted from Healy, and then 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. According to DEA informants, Healy either did not examine or made only cursory examinations of “patients” who directly received drugs or obtained prescriptions. The complaint alleges that Healy was known to inquire whether his “patients” wanted a “party size” or a “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 agent who authored the complaint affidavit estimates that Healy made $688,840 in 2008 on his sales of hydrocodone tablets alone.

    “The abuse of addictive prescription drugs continues to increase in the United States at alarming rates,” said Timothy J. Landrum, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA in Los Angeles. “Between 2004 and 2005, emergency room visits in the U.S. attributed to the non-medical use of pharmaceuticals increased by more than 25 percent. Unfortunately, there are a few doctors supplying these drugs that are more interested in profit then the health of their patients.”

    A criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

    Healy is expected to make his initial court appearance tomorrow afternoon in United States District Court in Los Angeles.

    The criminal complaint charges Healy with distribution of controlled substances and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, charges that carry a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

    The investigation of Healy was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which received assistance from the Monrovia Police Department and the Medical Board of California.

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    Release No. 09-010
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