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Yande charged with allegedly selling prescriptions to 'patients' for cash

July 30, 2011

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HARRISBURG - A DuBois doctor who operated an osteopathic practice out of his home was charged Thursday with selling prescriptions to powerfully addictive narcotic medications in exchange for cash.
According to a press release posted on the state Attorney General's website, Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Dr. Rajendra Yande, 47, of 633 Maple Ave. in Dubois. Yande began his practice in Dubois in early 2008 and runs his daily operations out of his Maple Avenue home.
Evidence and testimony regarding the case was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended that criminal charges be filed.
According to the grand jury, agents began an undercover investigation into Yande's prescription practices in March 2009. The agents made a series of undercover purchases and bought 50 prescriptions for more than 2,180 prescription narcotic pills.
The grand jury found that Yande wrote prescriptions for Percocet, Vyvanse, Adderal, Hydrocodone, Halcion, Valium and Xanax and often provided his patients with prescriptions for multiple narcotics at a time.
According to the grand jury, the physician saw his patients in his living room, exercise room or kitchen of his home and did not use an exam table or a scale. Agents said that there was a blood pressure cuff and a stethoscope in the home, but neither was used during the undercover visits.
Kelly said that Yande allegedly did not require patients' medical records prior to prescribing controlled substances and allegedly did not conduct physical exams on his patients.
Yande is charged with 11 counts of drug device and cosmetic act violations, four counts of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity, and one count of provider prohibited acts.
The case will be prosecuted in Clearfield County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Baxter of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Section.

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drug dealers

July 31, 2011 by jun89 (not verified), 3 years 12 weeks ago
Comment: 170

It is nice to see that this drug dealer will face a judge and jury for what he has done. He should be ashamed for what he has done. We must also begin to focus on the the doctors that are doing the same thing out of their offices and our local hospitals. This is a good start, but a very small piece of a very large problem. Why risk getting it on the street from someone you don't know when you can buy it from your family doctor in his brick and mortar office downtown? This is the real problem.

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