Hearing is postponed for doctor in a opioid kickback scheme
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A hearing to help determine the sentence for a doctor who pleaded guilty to accepting money for prescribing a highly addictive opioid spray in exchange for kickbacks is being rescheduled.
The U.S. attorney’s office says Thursday’s hearing for Jerrold Rosenberg is being rescheduled in District Court at his attorney’s request.
Prosecutors say Rosenberg bullied patients who complained about the effects of the fentanyl spray Subsys, telling one to “stop crying, you’re acting like a child.” He got $188,000 in kickbacks.
Two patients survived after overdosing.
Rosenberg’s lawyer disputes the number of people hurt and says there’s no evidence the overdoses were caused by Rosenberg’s prescriptions.
Rosenberg faces a maximum 15 years in prison.
The case is one of several brought against people associated with Insys Therapeutics and Subsys prescriptions.