Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song announced Thursday a Pittsburgh doctor was indicted on charges of conspiracy and unlawfully distributing controlled substances.
Sixty-two-year-old Kazimierz Zielke, owner of Medical Frontiers in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, allegedly prescribed Schedule II narcotics on 13 separate occasions. He prescribed morphine sulfate, methadone, hydrocodone and oxycodone for illegitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice, according to court documents.
According to the 14-count indictment, Zielke prescribed opioids to patients without examination, test or evaluation and with no legitimate medical purpose.
“Today we are facing the worst drug crisis in American history, with one American dying of a drug overdose every nine minutes,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “An unprecedented crisis like this one demands an unprecedented response—and that’s why President Trump has made this a top priority for this administration,” Sessions said. “This summer, I designated a dozen of our top federal prosecutors to focus solely on the problem of opioid-related health care fraud in places where the epidemic was at its worst–including Western Pennsylvania. These cases take on the supply of drugs and stop fraudsters from exploiting people suffering from addiction. Today, as President Trump unveils his plan to fight the opioid epidemic, we have filed the first charges by these prosecutors. We will file many more charges in the months to come—because the Department of Justice will be relentless in hunting down drug dealers and turning the tide of this epidemic.”