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[ATG] Attorney General files petition to suspend license of Fort Wayne doctor accused of dangerous overprescribing
Start Date: 3/22/2016Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/22/2016
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s Office today filed a petition with the Medical Licensing Board to immediately suspend the medical license of Dr. Michael Cozzi, owner and operator of FW Interventional Pain Management in Fort Wayne, for alleged dangerous controlled substance prescribing.

The Attorney General’s emergency petition is based on a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation providing evidence that this license holder has been prescribing controlled substances in a manner that is dangerous to both his patients and the general public and does not comply with opiate prescribing rules set by the Board for the treatment of chronic pain.

According to the DEA investigation, Cozzi prescribed more controlled substances than any other prescriber in Indiana from January 2014 to February 2016. Over that time period, 90 percent of the prescriptions he wrote were for controlled substances, including 2 million doses of Oxycodone and 1.2 million doses of hydrocodone. From January 2016 to February 2016, he prescribed controlled substances to about 1,700 patients, seeing 90-100 patients a day.

The DEA investigation also revealed that Cozzi prescribed multiple patients controlled substances despite them demonstrating serious risk behaviors that would be identifiable on the state’s prescription drug monitoring system INSPECT, including that his patients were receiving dozens of controlled substance prescriptions from multiple doctors in dangerous combinations.

According to the DEA investigation, at least three of these patients ultimately died due to complications of this drug use. One such patient received 50 controlled substance prescriptions from six different providers in the last year, with 35 of those prescriptions written by Cozzi.

According to the Attorney General’s petition, pharmacies in the surrounding Fort Wayne area have refused to fill prescriptions issued by Cozzi due to their concerns that the prescriptions lack both legal and medical justifications. The AG’s petition also includes allegations based on patient and staff interviews that note sexual and other abuses committed by this license holder.

The AG’s investigation into these allegations is ongoing.

The Medical Licensing Board is scheduled to hear the Attorney General’s emergency suspension petition at its hearing in Indianapolis on Thursday, March 24. If the petition is approved by the Board, Cozzi’s license to practice medicine in the state of Indiana would be suspended for at least 90 days while and until the AG’s Office completes its investigation into these allegations and files a formal licensing complaint. Once a formal complaint is filed, the Board would determine any further disciplinary action, such as further license suspension, revocation or fines. 

“This license holder’s prescribing practices demonstrate an immediate threat to the health and safety of his patients,” Zoeller said. “We have brought these serious concerns to the Board and urge that it suspend this individual’s license until our office can complete its investigation.”

FW Interventional Pain Management is located at 2510 E. Dupont Road, Suite 115, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825. Cozzi is the sole licensed health-care practitioner at this facility.

Zoeller thanked Deputy Attorney General Jessica Krug and investigators with the AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for their work on this ongoing case.

Attorney General Zoeller is creator and co-chair of the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, established in 2012 to reduce controlled substance abuse in Indiana. More information on the Task Force and the Attorney General’s efforts to reduce prescription drug abuse can be found at www.BitterPill.in.gov.  

Contact Information:
Name: Molly Gillaspie
Phone: 317.232.0168
Email: molly.gillaspie@atg.in.gov
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