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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Clarion psychiatrist facing sentencing
By Rich Lord
June 1, 2016

Psychiatrist Thomas Radecki

Psychiatrist Thomas Radecki

Former Clarion psychiatrist Thomas Radecki, 70, is attending his sentencing hearing this afternoon, following an April guilty verdict on nine counts of improper administration of controlled substances — a felony — and three conspiracy counts.

Mr. Radecki and a network of affiliated physicians at one point served nearly 1,000 patients who were prescribed buprenorphine, a drug that staves off withdrawal from heroin and opioids. At one point, they were a top national distributor of Subutex, which is a buprenorphine brand.

His trial focused on his prescribing to 13 women, some of whom moved into one of his properties and had personal relationships with him.

Clarion County President Judge James G. Arner is conducting the hearing, and his staff says the verdict order will not be available today.

According to a grand jury presentment, Mr. Radecki sold the buprenorphine product Subutex for between $3 and $5 per pill, making an annual profit of around $280,000 on that drug alone. One of his former patients testified that she could then sell the drug for $20 to $25 per pill on the street.