Psychiatrist Arrested After Causing 36 Deaths

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images (24)An Atlanta psychiatrist has been arrested after 36 of his patients died. Twelve of those patients died as a result of overdosing on medication that he prescribed to them.

According to the Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson, Dr. Narendra Nagareddy’s office in Jonesboro was raided by DEA agents on Thursday. Dr. Nagareddy has been arrested and charged with violation of Georgia’s Controlled Substance Act. The District Attorney also said Nagareddy has been charged with prescribing pain medication. Writing prescriptions is outside of his profession as a psychiatrist and not for a legitimate purpose for the patient.

Dr. Nagareddy was issued his license in 1999 and he is certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Currently, Dr. Nagareddy has no disciplinary actions, no medical malpractice suits, medical settlements or criminal complaints or convictions against him.

Further research into Dr. Nagareddy’s practice does find several online complaints that call into question the behavior which he is now under investigation for.

Prescription medications can help patients maintain their health if used correctly. Many illnesses and chronic conditions are better managed through prescription medications. When a doctor wrongfully prescribes or over prescribes these medications can be dangerous or even deadly.

Pharmaceutical companies outline acceptable doses and side effects for physicians who prescribe medications to their patients. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers are wise to follow the recommendations and are an integral part in observing what works best for patients. All medical professionals are expected to abide by a standard of care. Over prescribing a medication or failure to tell a patient about the hazards or possible contraindications when taking any drug can injure a patient.

When that happens, the person who has been harmed by a medication that was prescribed or their surviving family members can sue for malpractice and can sue for wrongful death if their loved one dies as a result.

If you or a loved one believes they have suffered as a result of medical malpractice, or being incorrectly prescribed a medication, contact the law offices of Bottar Leone, PLLC today.

When you call us, we will carefully evaluate your claim and determine if you have a case. Our firm can then begin the process of getting you and your loved ones the compensation you deserve for any expenses, pain and suffering or even wrongful death. Contact us today at our toll free number (888) 979-1689, or at (315) 313-6809, or you may reach us by email at info@bottarlaw.com.