Lake City Pain Doctor Could Be Charged With Death of Many Patients
A Lake City pain doctor could be charged in the death of many of his patients. Dr. Joseph Hernandez has been suspended by the state, because investigators say his clinic is a pill mill.
Hernandez is ranked the 5th highest prescriber of Oxycodone in Florida. The Florida Department of Health says Dr. Joseph Hernandez is abusing his license to practice.
Hernandez's defense attorney, Gilbert Schaffnit advised he not interview with us, but Hernandez insisted he doesn't just hand out pills
An investigation by the Florida Attorney General led to Hernandez's suspension on July 6th. No one would comment from the Department of Health, but a 23 page report says enough.
Out of the 761 patients Hernandez saw from January to April this year, 34 died, 15 were from Columbia County.
Schaffnit says instead of charging for follow up visits, Dr. Hernandez would prescribe extra pills, which DOH claims resulted in patient overdoses.
No hearings have been set on this case, leaving the office closed until further notice.
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