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FORMER DOCTOR CHARGED WITH
ILLEGALLY DISTRIBUTING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2011

Memphis, Tenn. – Edward L. Stanton, III, the United States Attorney for the Western District of
Tennessee, announced today that a federal grand jury sitting in Memphis, Tennessee returned an
indictment charging Michael A. Patterson with 38 counts of violating the federal Controlled Substances
Act.

The indictment charged that Patterson was a medical doctor licensed to practice medicine in
Tennessee from 1997 until March 22, 2011, when his medical license was revoked by the Tennessee Board
of Medical Examiners. According to the indictment, Patterson practiced medicine under the trade name
Bartlett Psychiatric Center, PC, at 3189 Kirby-Whitten Road in Memphis, Tennessee. The indictment
charged that the drugs illegally distributed by Patterson included drugs classified as controlled substances
under Schedules II, III and IV of the Controlled Substances Act, and that the trade names of these drugs
include Oxycontin, Percocet, Adderall, Lortab, Vicoprofen and Xanax.

Counts 1 through 13 of the indictment charge Patterson with illegally distributing oxycodone, a
Schedule II controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act, by issuing written prescriptions for the drug outside the usual course of medical practice and for no legitimate medical purpose, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). Each of these violations is punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 20 years, a fine of $1,000,000, or both, together with a term of supervised release of at least 3 years.

Patterson is charged in Counts 14 through 25 of the indictment with illegally distributing
hydrocodone mixtures, classified as a Schedule III controlled substance under the Controlled Substances
Act, by issuing written prescriptions for the drug outside the usual course of medical practice and for no
legitimate medical purpose, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). Each of these
violations is punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 10 years, a fine of $500,000, or both, together with a term of supervised release of at least 2 years.

Counts 26 through 33 of the indictment charge Patterson with illegally distributing alprazolam, a
Schedule IV controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act, by issuing written prescriptions
for the drug outside the usual course of medical practice and for no legitimate medical purpose, in
violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). Each of these violations is punishable by a
term of imprisonment of up to 5 years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both, together with a term of supervised release of at least 2 years.

Patterson is charged in Counts 34 through 36 of the indictment with illegally distributing Adderall,
an amphetamine mixture and a Schedule II controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act, by
providing an individual with forged prescriptions in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section
841(a)(1). Each of these violations is punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 20 years, a fine of
$1,000,000, or both, together with a term of supervised release of at least 3 years.

Count 37 of the indictment charges Patterson with illegally distributing hydrocodone, a Schedule
III controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act, by providing an individual with a forged
prescription in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). This violation is punishable
by a term of imprisonment of up to 10 years, a fine of $500,000, or both, together with a term of
supervised release of at least 2 years.

Patterson is charged in Count 38 of the indictment with illegally distributing alprazolam, a
Schedule IV controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act, by providing an individual with
a forged prescription in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). This violation is
punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 5 years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both, together with a
term of supervised release of at least 2 years.

The case was investigated by Special Agent Alaina Kring of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
and Detective Bret Simonsen of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Joe
Murphy is prosecuting the case.

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