SAN JOSE — A South Bay physician faces as much as 20 years in jail and a $1 million wonderful when he’s sentenced in July for unlawfully prescribing painkillers, authorities stated.
On Tuesday, 52-year-old Venkat Aachi, of Saratoga, pleaded responsible to distributing hydrocodone exterior the scope of his skilled observe and with out a reputable medical want, based on the U.S. Division of Justice.
Hydrocodone is likely one of the most typical medicine concerned in prescription opioid deaths in the US, based on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. Greater than 700,000 individuals died from an overdose between 1999 and 2017.
Aachi, who operated a ache clinic in San Jose, wrote the bogus prescriptions between Sept. 18, 2017 and July 2, 2018, authorities stated. For instance, in November 2017, one affected person obtained a script for 90 hydrocodone-acetaminophen drugs with out a bodily examination or a dialogue in regards to the affected person’s ache or response to prior medicine.
Authorities stated Aachi additionally faces as much as 10 years in jail and a $250,000 wonderful for submitting to an insurance coverage firm a false and fraudulent declare for cost for healthcare advantages, gadgets and providers.
Indicted in October 2018, Aachi was initially charged with six counts of distributing medicine exterior the scope observe and one rely of well being care fraud.
Aachi stays free on bail and is slated to return to U.S. District Court docket for a sentencing listening to on July 1.