MBI agents raid pain clinic in Orlando


WE BEGIN WITH BREAKING NEWS THIS NOON. A BIG PAIN CLINIC BUST IN ORLANDO. THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS AFTERNOON. I’M STEWART MOORE. I’M MICHELLE IMPERATO. THE BUST TOOK PLACE JUST A SHORT TIME AGO WITH THE CLINIC ON MILLENNIA BOULEVARD. BOB KEALING IS LIVE ON THE SCENE WITH THE BREAKING DETAILS. YOU’VE COVERED ONE OF THESE RAIDS A FEW WEEKS AGO IN WINTER PARK AND NOW AUTHORITIES ARE HITTING MORE CLINICS TODAY? YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT. THEY TELL US THE DOCTOR IN THIS CASE HERE, UNIQUE HEALTHCARE, WAS WRITING THOUSANDS OF PRESCRIPTIONS FOR HIGHLY ADDICTIVE NARCOTICS THAT HE DID NOT ESTABLISH WERE MEDICALLY NECESSARY. AGENTS ARE CHARGING THE DOCTOR AND THE OWNER WITH RUNNING AN UNLICENSED CLINIC, OPERATING ON A CASH-ONLY BASIS. AT THIS HOUR, DR. DONALD CHARLES EDWARDS IS INSIDE BEING QUESTIONED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WHO SUSPENDED HIS LICENSE TO PRESCRIBE THESE DRUGS. TIME AFTER TIME, AGENTS SAY UNDERCOVER OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO GO IN AND PURCHASE HIGHLY ADDICTIVE PAINKILLERS WITHOUT THE PROPER PRESCRIPTION. YOU HAVE TO DO A THOROUGH EXAMINATION. THERE HAS TO BE A MEDICAL NECESSITY FOR PRESCRIBING THAT TYPE OF PAINKILLER AND THAT WAS NOT DONE IN THE 26 CASES THAT WERE — THAT WE’RE CHARGING THE DOCTOR AND THE PAIN CLINIC OWNER TODAY. WE TALKED WITH MULTIPLE PATIENTS WHO SAY THE DOCTOR HELPED THEM WITH CHRONIC PAIN ISSUES. THEY SAY IT’S NOT A PILL MILL. YOU’LL HEAR FROM THOSE PATIENTS TODAY AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES TO UNFOLD AND WE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CHARGES BEING LEVELLED, NOT ONLY AT THIS DOCTOR BUT THE OWNER OF THE CLINIC AND WE UNDERSTAND HIS WIFE AS WELL.

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  1. A WESH 2 News special presentation: Patients with legitimate prescriptions are being denied medication at the pharmacy. Who is to blame? WESH 2 Investigates is searching for solutions…. State of Pain: http://www.wesh.com/health/stateofpain

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