Florida Psychiatrist Jerome Feldman Sent to Prison for 16 years – cheated “seriously ill people out of $400,000 with false promises of organ transplants in the Philippines, where he was tracked down by the FBI”

The Post Standard (Syracuse, NY) HE GETS PRISON FOR ORGAN-TRANSPLANT CON; JEROME FELDMAN, WHOSE ESTRANGED WIFE LIVES IN BALDWINSVILLE, LURED FIVE SICK PEOPLE TO PHILIPPINES. By John O’Brien May 28, 2010 A former psychiatrist was sent to prison for nearly 16 years Thursday for duping seriously ill people out of $400,000 with false promises of […]

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PROPUBLICA: Florida Sanctions Top Medicaid Prescribers — But Only After A Shove

Propublica by Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein November 17, 2011 At Dr. Huberto Merayo’s bustling psychiatry practice in Coral Gables, Fla., hundreds of poor patients on Medicaid walked away each year with prescriptions for powerful antipsychotic drugs. Merayo’s prescriptions for the drugs totaled nearly $2 million in 2009 alone, state records show. The 59-year-old psychiatrist […]

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Dozens arrested in Medicare mental health fraud

Miami Herald MEDICARE Dozens arrested in Medicare mental health fraud By Jay Weaver Federal agents have arrested dozens of suspects charged with bilking Medicare of hundreds of millions of dollars in bogus services for mental health therapy and other types of healthcare. Agents with Health and Human Services and the FBI have fanned out across […]

Newspaper says Expand Investigation of Psychiatrists

The Palm Beach Post Check up on DJJ doctors Anyone with an Internet connection can go online and see that Dr. Gold Smith Dorval is on probation with the Florida Board of Medicine and that his medical license was suspended because he stole money from Medicaid. Why, then, did the Department of Juvenile Justice allow […]

Psychiatrist license suspended

Sun Sentinel Autism doctor operating in Florida has Maryland license suspended Maryland regulators have suspended the medical license of a doctor whose South Florida office treats autistic children with a chemical castration drug, calling the treatment unproven and a potential danger. Dr. Mark Geier opened a small Tamarac office of his multi-state ASD Centers about […]

Mequon psychiatrist charged with child abduction attempt in Florida

Journal Sentinel By Bruce Vielmetti A Mequon psychiatrist has been arrested in Florida on charges of child abuse after sheriff\’s officials there say she tried to abduct two children from a beach north of Naples. Kimberly Hammes Frank, 47, was arrested Wednesday, according to Collier County Sheriff\’s Office records. A sheriff\’s spokeswoman said Frank was […]

Concern over high medication rate among foster kids Review of kids’ psych drugs urged

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution By April Hunt Giovan Bazan was 6 when a doctor first gave him medicine to treat his diagnosis of hyperactivity. Bazan admits he was unruly at the time. Perhaps it was because the only parent he had ever known, his foster mother since he was an infant, had just died. No one […]

Child’s Journey Shows Dangers of Antipsychotic Drugs

New York Times By DUFF WILSON OPELOUSAS, La. — At 18 months, Kyle Warren started taking a daily antipsychotic drug on the orders of a pediatrician trying to quell the boy’s severe temper tantrums. Thus began a troubled toddler’s journey from one doctor to another, from one diagnosis to another, involving even more drugs. Autism, […]

Florida Bans Foster Children from Clinical Drug Trials

YouthToday.org by Pareesha Narang Sixteen months after 7-year-old Gabriel Myers committed suicide while taking psychotropic drugs, the state of Florida has banned allowing any children in the state’s custody from participating in clinical drug trials. It is unclear if Gabriel was involved in any clinical trials. The doctor who prescribed the medicines to him was […]

Already Famous? Nemeroff and His Keynote Bio

Pharmalot By Ed Silverman In August, the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association will hold a three-day continuing medical education meeting at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Florida, where the discussions will focus on issues surrounding bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, among other things. One of the featured speakers will be Charles Nemeroff, the […]

Psychiatrist Fights Emergency Suspension

Health News Florida Psychiatrist’s suspension set aside By Carol Gentry An appeals court has set aside the Department of Health’s emergency suspension of Miami psychiatrist Steven L. Kaplan, accused of over-prescribing anti-psychotic medication to an autistic child. The boy, Denis Maltez, died in May 2007 at age 12. The medical examiner said he stopped breathing […]

Florida suspends Miami psychiatrist in boy’s overdose death

Miami Herald State health administrators have suspended the license of a Miami psychiatrist who treated a disabled preteen boy who died of overmedication. BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER State regulators have suspended the license of a South Florida psychiatrist who has treated hundreds of poor and disabled children, saying Dr. Steven L. Kaplan poses “an immediate, […]

Emergency Suspension – Psychiatrist Steven L. Kaplan

Health News Florida ‘Emergency’ action took 4 yrs. By Carol Gentry Four years ago, the Department of Health was warned that psychiatrist Steven L. Kaplan was dangerously overmedicating children, state records show. DOH got around to filing an \”emergency\” suspension of Kaplan last week, three years too late for one little boy. The emergency suspension […]

Psych Drugs Again in Spotlight – Another Florida Kid

Miami Herald The mother of a Broward teen who died in 2003 believes it was because of an anti-psychotic drug he should not have been prescribed. BY NIRVI SHAH May 1, 2010 A Broward doctor reprimanded by the Food and Drug Administration for his drug-prescribing practices is facing accusations in a civil suit that he […]

Effort to protect children from overmedication fails

Miami Herald CHILD WELFARE Effort to protect children from overmedication fails The product of state child welfare administrators\’ half-year of soul-searching, a bill to protect foster kids from powerful mental health drugs is killed by doctors. BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER AND MARC CAPUTO Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau TALLAHASSEE — When a heavily medicated foster child died […]

The Pfizer Geodon Trial And Physician Mishaps

Pharmalot The Pfizer Geodon Trial and Punjwani By Ed Silverman April 28, 2010 Earlier this month, the FDA sent Pfizer a warning letter for failing to properly monitor pediatric clinical trials in which at least 13 children with bipolar disorder experienced overdosing that led to restless legs, tremors, involuntary facial movements and a serious skin […]

Revealed: Pfizer\’s payments to censured doctors

New Scientist 22 April 2010 by Peter Aldhous and Jim Giles They are billed as “healthcare professionals who spend years building expertise in their fields\”. Using materials firmly grounded in science, they educate their peers in the risks and benefits of drugs. This is how Pfizer, the pharmaceuticals giant, describes the experts it hires to […]

State let danger linger after foster kid’s drug death

Miami Herald State let danger linger after foster kid\’s drug death By FRED GRIMM Note the date — July 17, 2006. Denis Maltez, a 67-pound wisp confined to a state-licensed group home, suffered the debilitating effects of his startling drug cocktail. He was ferried over to Miami Children\’s Hospital for emergency services. Aug. 4, 2006. […]

Controversial Miami psychiatrist dropped from Medicaid program

Miami Herald State health administrators have terminated a controversial Miami psychiatrist from the state\’s insurance program for disabled and needy children. BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER Wednesday, April 21, 2010 State healthcare regulators have booted from the state Medicaid program a Miami psychiatrist who had prescribed a cocktail of potent mental health drugs to an autistic, […]

Amendment to bill targeting foster kids’ medication draws fire

Miami Herald DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES Amendment to bill targeting foster kids’ medication draws fire Critics are questioning an amendment to a bill designed to protect foster children from being inappropriately medicated with mental-health drugs. By Carol Marbin Miller One of the largest providers of inpatient psychiatric care for Florida foster kids successfully pushed […]

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Miami psychiatrist `should be a poster boy’

Miami Herald HEALTHCARE | DR. FERNANDO MENDEZ-VILLAMIL Miami psychiatrist defends his record over prescriptions A state senator said a Miami psychiatrist `should be a poster boy’ for tougher enforcement, while the doctor says he’s been unfairly targeted BY JOHN DORSCHNER A Miami psychiatrist who wrote 284,908 prescriptions over the past six years has cost Florida […]

Doctor wrote 1,000 scripts/week

Health News Florida By Carol Gentry Since 2004, a Miami psychiatrist has prescribed almost 14 million pills to Medicaid patients at a cost to taxpayers of $43 million, a state agency says. Fernando Mendez-Villamil would have had to issue 4,000 prescriptions a month, or 1,000 a week, to keep up that pace, according to the […]

Psychiatrist writes 97,000 prescriptions in 18 months

The Associated Press MIAMI – The federal government has stopped reimbursing a Miami doctor who wrote nearly 97,000 prescriptions for mental health drugs to Medicaid patients over a period of 18 months, in a case that prompted a key senator to call for a nationwide investigation. U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Fernando Mendez Villamil […]

Psychiatrist Investigated Over High Number Of Prescriptions

Miami Herald By John Dorschner Medicare has stopped paying claims to Miami psychiatrist Fernando Mendez-Villamil because of questions regarding the amount of mental health drugs he prescribed, an average of 150 prescriptions per day during a 21-month period. “While the state is investigating, we haven’t paid his claims,” Medicare spokesman Peter Ashkenaz said Thursday. Tiffany […]

HHS investigating high prescribing Fla. docs

Associated Press MIAMI (AP) – Medicare has stopped reimbursing a Miami doctor who prescribed about 96,685 mental health drugs to Medicaid patients in 18 months. According to state records, Dr. Fernando Mendez Villamil wrote an average of 153 prescriptions to adults and children every day between 2007 and 2009. That figure is nearly twice the […]