Alabama MD Goes Down in “Drugs for Sex” Scheme

Dr Joseph Ngui Mwau Ndolo

Dr Joseph Ngui Mwau Ndolo

In the city of Fairhope a 60-year-old physician has changed his “Not Guilty” plea to “Guilty” to multiple federal drug charges.

Doctor Joseph Ngui Mwau Ndolo, who specialized in internal medicine, admitted in Southern District Court of Alabama that between the years 2008-2013, he sold narcotics for profit out of his office.

According to U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown, Ndolo ran a “pill mill” for at least 5 years out of his  private clinic, Premier Internal Medicine in Fairhope.

Investigators learned also that the corrupt doctor would routinely swap oxycodone and other narcotics for sex with his so-called “patients.” People in the neighborhood came to call Ndolo’s clinic the “candy store” because of the ease with which anyone could buy drugs.

Prosecutors were able to show how the manic medic put his patients’ safety in jeopardy by – for instance – writing medically needless prescriptions without conducting patient examinations.

Ndolo was ordered to surrender his medical license by the Alabama state board. He faces a penalty of 20 years in prison for each drug charge. He is scheduled to be sentenced August 22.

Here’s more:

http://www.albme.org/AlbmeSearchWeb/showLicense/pdf;jsessionid=90FD814CFCA0DEE32CA1FB59BE8A7E75?id=72825&typeName=MD

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This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was  prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregory Bordenkircher and Sinan Kalayoglu.

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Next Doctor Visit? Here’s What You Should be Asking

Armand Leone Jr. MD, JD

Armand Leone Jr. MD, JD

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Armand Leone Jr., MD, JD, a diagnostic radiologist and co-founder of Britcher, Leone & Roth, shares these 5 things your doctor knows, but may not tell you unless you ask.

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If you want to make the most out of your time with your doctor, you’ve got to be honest. Keeping important details to yourself may harm you in the long run. Doctors also know a lot of things we don’t, so we patients have to ask the right questions.

1. Having elective surgery on a Friday or in the afternoon carries a higher mortality and complication rate than earlier in the week or day.

Obviously, when the situation is urgent, surgery can’t wait. But for elective surgery, you might want to consider the timing. Make no mistake about it — ALL surgeries come with risks and complications. On Monday, everybody there — surgeons, nurses, residents — are regular staff. At about 4:00 p.m. on Friday, regular crews leave. When you have surgery at the end of the day, those 12 critical post-op hours happen at night. Complications happen on weekends, but it’s more difficult to get immediate action on them because covering physicians don’t know the patients as well and are less quick to intervene for another doctor’s patient.

2. Fatal medication errors spike by 10 percent every July as new medical residents start taking care of patients (J Gen Intern Med 2010).

Depending on the situation, patients can’t always be aware of what medications they’re given. If you’re conscious and clearheaded, you should have a rough idea of the medications you’re supposed to get. Ask the nurses, confirm the details, and if it doesn’t seem right or if the medication looks different from what you’re usually given, ask the nurse to check with the doctor. Be vigilant and ask questions.

3. A misdiagnosis happens in at least one out of every 20 patient encounters in doctors’ offices (BMJ Qual Saf 2014).

Let’s start with this: Most medical errors in a primary care setting don’t make a difference. Primary care docs have less time to talk and examine a patient, so there are certain mental short cuts. For example, a doctor sees 10 patients with the flu and you come in with flu symptoms. There’s a bias toward diagnosing the flu. Leone says about half of this type of error have the potential for serious injury, but only a small percentage actually result in serious injury. The good news is that most times, if a doctor sees a patient and gives the wrong diagnosis, with continuity of care, it gets reassessed.

So, what’s a patient to do? If you sense your doctor is rushed or not listening, or that the diagnosis may not be right, you need to break the autopilot and focus them. Ask your doctor: ‘If the diagnosis isn’t right, how and when will we know?’ or ‘How will we know if treatment is working?’ Your doctor should respond with something concrete so you have something to gauge and will know when to follow up.

4. Your doctor’s surgical and procedure complication rates and how they compare to the national rates for the same procedure.

It’s not unreasonable to ask. For any procedure, there are known complications and national averages. Doctors should have a good idea of their personal complication rates. The surgeon who is dismissive or says it’s ‘not a problem’ or it’s a ‘walk in the park’ bothers me. I want the surgeon who goes in knowing there could be a complication and acknowledging they need to be on the lookout. If I ask a doctor about complication rates, I just want an honest answer. It doesn’t have to be an exact number. At the end of the day, it’s not so much the complication rate, but that they’re aware that complications can occur. I just want to know they’re watching carefully for complications and they’re ready to deal with them.

5. Doctors know the limits of modern medicine and most don’t choose heroic cancer treatments or end-of-life care for themselves.

So what do doctors know that we don’t? Sometimes, they know that heroic treatment won’t change the outcome. Just because it can be done, it doesn’t mean you should do it.

You have to be realistic about the chances for a cure. There’s a physical, emotional, and financial cost to medical treatment. Treatments have risk and drugs have adverse effects. When you know that, you can balance the equation differently. Is there a reason to put yourself through the ringer? Is it worth it? Quality of life is as important as length of life. That’s why most doctors opt for less heroic end-of-life care, unless there’s a specific reason to do otherwise.

The bottom line is that we patients should be partners in our own care. If we have a concern, it’s up to us to ask questions. A good doctor won’t mind. If your doctor discourages questions or dismisses your concerns, it’s time to find a new doctor.

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Ohio MD Lives up to Her Name: Dr. Unk

Dr Elizabeth Unk

Dr Elizabeth Unk

In Delaware County Ohio a physician who admitted in court to drunk driving and vehicular assault of a bicyclist, was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 400 hours of community service.

Doctor Elizabeth Unk, age 40, whose specialty is family medicine in the greater Columbus area, struck the cyclist on September 12, 2012 while driving on route 23 in the town of Delaware.

After the trial, Delaware County prosecutor Carol O’Brien said this:

“In this case, the defendant made the choice to get behind the wheel, resulting in multiple and devastating injuries for an innocent bicyclist.”

Unk also had her driver’s license suspended for two years.

 

 

Saudi Doctor Gets Whipping for His Fornicating Ways

No wonder criminal doctors come here

No wonder criminal doctors come here

In the Gulf kingdom of Saudi Arabia a criminal court judge has sentenced an Arab physician to a 10-year prison term, after finding him guilty of having sexual relationships with female patients.

According to the Sabq News in the city of Riyadh, the unnamed doctor admitted in court to having numerous affairs with women he had treated as patients.

The newsline reported that the Kingdom’s religious police had caught  the doctor performing an “obscene act” with a woman in her home in the city of Afif, a town of about 40,000 located between Mecca and Riyadh.

The doctor was also ordered to be whipped as part of his punishment.

Here’s another view of mid-eastern physician punishment:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2008/11/egypt-whipping.html

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Our Observations:

Six years ago, in November, 2008, the Saudi’s sentenced two Egyptian physicians to more than 1,000 lashes each for drug trafficking and patient rape. Doctors Shawki Abd Raboh and Raouf El-Arabi were also sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.

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Convict them? Of course we convicted them. 200 a month, actually. But the nuts just keeeep oooon coming . . .

Name one other profession that generates as much crime

Name one other profession that generates as much crime

The Medical Miscreant tally for 2013 is Now in: 2,196 Found Guilty

Dr Handcuffed

As physician misbehavior investigators, we see enormous flaws in any Health Care ‘reform’ that refuses to address the off-the-chart volume of physician-related mischief. How is it that this subject is so deftly, consistently, blatantly sidestepped?

Monstrous fraud; thousands of unwarranted procedures each day; drug pushing beyond reason –  our health care system provides fertile ground for excess and abuse. Chew on these points for a minute:

1. U.S. DOJ: “the estimated law enforcement cost to police & try criminal doctors and medical fraud, is 1/2 TRILLION dollars annually.” Let’s all stop and stare at that number again: $500,000,000,000.

2. 11,000 physicians found criminally guilty of serious misbehavior in the last decade. Five times as many faced civil or ethic sanctions.

3. 2010 – 2,389 doctors convicted of egregious acts.

4. 2009 – 2,490 guilty verdicts, 5,000+ more sanctioned in civil proceedings.

When a single New York surgeon can perform & bill for 10,000 unwarranted eye operations . . .

When a team of heart surgeons can cut open 900+ healthy chests to pad their own bank accounts . . .

When the Michigan medical board chairman utters the words, “Yes, it can take five years to remove a child molester MD” . . .

Then the only line that comes to mind was spoken on Apollo 13:

“Houston, we have a problem.”

Until we weed out the lab coat lunacy, any talk of “reform” is window dressing.

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Did the Doctor Kill the Doctor?

Dr Robert Ferrante

Dr Robert Ferrante

A University of Pittsburgh doctor who police believe poisoned his doctor wife has agreed to waive his right to a preliminary hearing.

According to his attorney, the decision means Doctor Robert Ferrante, age 64, formally admits to the court that the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office most likely has enough evidence of Murder, for him to be bound over for trial, in the April 2013 death of his wife, Doctor Autumn Klein, age 41.

Dr Autumn M Klein

Dr Autumn M Klein

Investigators believe the researcher spiked his wife’s energy drink with the fast-acting poison, cyanide. Pittsburgh Police Department arrested Ferrante last July after they discovered he had purchased a large volume of cyanide using a University of Pittsburg credit card, two days before Doctor Klein fell gravely ill. They soon learned that no poisons are used jn Ferrante’s research area of focus, which is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS.

Common Pleas Judge David Cashman has ordered that Ferrante’s daughter Cianna remain in the custody of his wife’s parents in Maryland. The prosecution believes the young girl is a witness and asked Cashman to prevent Ferrante from contacting her. What evidence the girl might testify to is not known.

Here’s more:

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/sally-kalson/2013/08/04/The-world-will-miss-Autumn-Klein/stories/201308040198

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