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Dept. of State investigating local doctor in drug death

July 13, 2012

Photo by Colin Deppen – James Buehler, center, stands before a crowd in front of the Elk County Courthouse on November 25, 2011 where he called for an investigation into the death of his daughter, Heather Buehler Armanini, who died from prescription drug-related complications.

The investigation into a local doctor in response to the death of a patient due to complications caused by medications prescribed her is being led by the Pa. Department of State following her father's continued appeals to state officials for an investigation.
Jim Buehler of Ridgway has spent the last four years pursuing legal action in the July 7, 2008 death of his daughter, Heather Buehler Armanini, whom he claims was prescribed excessive amounts of powerful, habit-forming drugs by a local doctor, including a mixture of oxycodone and acetaminophen.
Armanini's autopsy listed liver failure resulting from acute acetaminophen toxicity as the cause of death. Buehler is claiming wrongful death on part of the doctor at the center of the investigation, whom he said prescribed his daughter 180 pills three days apart, with refills totaling roughly 9,000 pills in just over a year.
"It was inevitable she was going to die," he said.

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