Archives for November 2012

TeenScreen Hammered out of Existence

KWQC News 6 National Suicide Screening Program Ending In Camanche By Mark Stevens Nov 29, 2012 A suicide screening program just getting started at Camanche Middle School will shut down in two weeks. The program is run out of Columbia University in New York. Just this week, it called Teen Screen affiliates across the country […]

82-year-old Psych Faces 20 Years in Prison

Journal News New City psychiatrist, 82, seeks to avoid prison in drug case By Erik Shilling Nov 26, 2012 His lawyer is asking that an 82-year-old New City psychiatrist who admitted in June to illegally distributing prescription drugs be sentenced to a fine and community service rather than prison time. Aristide Esser faces up to […]

Controversial mental health program closes down

British Medical Journal Controversial mental health program closes down By Jeanne Lenzer Published 27 November 2012 A “model” program that was part of a controversial plan to screen all US citizens for mental illness has announced that it is closing down. On 15 November, TeenScreen, a program to detect depression in young people, announced on […]

Bureacratic Quagmire

PsychSearch.net Top Prescribers Propped Up By Tax Dollars By Ken Kramer September 6, 2013 (Note: “Medicaid” and “Medicare” are both defined at end of this article) In 2010, a Florida whistleblower informed investigators in U.S. Senator Grassley’s office about the massive psych drug prescribing of Fernando Mendez-Villamil. He wrote $43 million worth of prescriptions in […]

Psych Busted by Spy Camera

Calgary Herald Key witness to testify as Dr. Levin sex trial resumes Thursday By Daryl Slade November 14, 2012 The sex assault trial of former prominent forensic psychiatrist Dr. Aubrey Levin, which has been plagued by numerous delays over the past six weeks, is expected to be back on track on Thursday. The jury, which […]

Psychiatrist Fakes Dementia

San Francisco Chronicle Ayres to be retried on molest charges By Ellen Huet November 1, 2012 A judge has ruled that a prominent San Mateo child psychiatrist is competent to be retried for allegedly molesting seven young boys during counseling in the 1990s. Judge John Grandsaert issued his ruling Wednesday after doctors at Napa State […]

Psychiatrist Arrested for Declaring Woman Kookie

Times of India Psychiatrist held for certifying woman mentally ill Nov 24, 2012 A psychiatrist, who allegedly issued a false certificate declaring a healthy woman as mentally challenged, was arrested by Vanasthalipuram police on Friday. Cyberabad police said, A Shekhar Reddy, a private practitioner, was approached by advocate B Sriramulu for a certificate declaring his […]

Sex with Patient

Telegraph Herald Iowa psychiatrist Sergio Paradiso gives up medical license over sex with patient – Ex-university psychiatrist gives up medical license By Associated Press November 21, 2012 State board accepts a settlement with Paradiso, who was accused of having sex with a patient. A former psychiatrist at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has agreed […]

Psychiatrist Gets Kickbacks from Drug Companies

Chicago Tribune Watchdog Update: Medicaid payments to psychiatrist halted In federal lawsuit, doctor accused of fraud, taking kickbacks By Deborah L. Shelton November 20, 2012 The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has suspended Medicaid payments to a controversial Chicago psychiatrist who the federal government says fraudulently prescribed antipsychotic medication to thousands of mentally […]

Chicago Psychiatrist Got Kickbacks For Excessive Prescribing of Antipsychotic Drugs to Nursing Home Patients – Feds Sue

Taps ProPublica High-Prescribing Chicago Psychiatrist Faces Federal Fraud Suit by Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber Nov. 15, 2012 The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois filed a federal fraud lawsuit today against a Chicago psychiatrist profiled by ProPublica and the Chicago Tribune in 2009 for his excessive prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to nursing […]

Psychiatrist Gives up “Profession”

Dallas News Convicted Frisco psychiatrist surrenders medical license By Valerie Wigglesworth November 15, 2012 A nationally known Frisco psychiatrist convicted of fraudulently issuing prescriptions surrendered his medical license on Wednesday, according to the Collin County District Attorney’s Office. Todd M. Clements, 43, who lived in Frisco and practiced in Plano and Frisco pleaded guilty to […]

Idaho Examines Top Prescribers

Idaho Statesman Idaho’s Medicaid payments for prescription drugs questioned But the state says Medicaid records don’t prove doctors are overprescribing November 11, 2012 By AUDREY DUTTON U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican who has assumed a role as a taxpayer watchdog, says some Idaho physicians have overprescribed antipsychotic drugs and addictive narcotics such as […]

Psychiatrist Scammed Philanthropist

Law Firm Newswire Psychiatrist Convinced Wealthy Woman to Donate Money, then Prescribed Drug That Killed Her Nashua, NH November 9, 2012 Medical negligence comes in many forms. The psychiatrist in this case was beyond belief. This case left the family of well-known model and philanthropist Phyllis Harvey in complete shock. One day she appeared to […]