Topeka, KS doctor guilty of unlawfully prescribing substances

February 23rd, 2010 - 1:39 am ICT by BNO News  

TOPEKA, KANSAS (BNO NEWS) – A Topeka, Kansas doctor pleaded guilty to unlawfully prescribing controlled substances, prosecutors said on Monday.

Physician Ethan E. Bickelhaupt, 58, issued prescription orders to individuals who were not legitimate patients. After receiving the prescription drugs in pharmacies, the patients gave the drugs to Bickelhaupt for his personal consumption.

Bickelhaupt would compensate his patients with cash or substances.

At the time, Bickelhaupt was working at VA Medical Center in Topeka, where he taught geriatric and acute psychiatry to psychiatry residents. During that time he also claimed to have a “tiny private practice” operating out of his home, even though there was no exam room there.

In an email, Bickelhaupt told a nurse in 2006 that getting “drunk” and “high” was his “only” interest and doing this with friends “socially, at no cost to them.”

Bickelhaupt is now facing a maximum maximum penalty of 24 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1.25 million on two different charges, unlawfully distributing and obtaining controlled substances.

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