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

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.