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'Dr. Feel Good' charged with dealing prescriptions

April 24, 2013, Lafayette Hill, PA — A Lafayette Hill doctor is facing charges for allegedly dispensing thousands of narcotics to patients, with minimal examinations, after he was told by medical personnel, the families of patients and the patients themselves that they were addicted, according to court records.

Dr. Michael B. Rosen, of Lafayette Hill Family Medicine on Germantown Pike, was charged April 4 with three counts each of prescribing a controlled substance to a patient known to be drug-dependent and prescribing a controlled substance not in accordance with treatment principles.

“Rosen continued to treat and write narcotic prescriptions to three patients after knowing they were drug dependent on the very drugs he was prescribing,” according to the affidavit of probable cause, filed by the Whitemarsh Township with the office of District Justice Deborah Lukens.

According to one patient, Rosen was allegedly called "Dr. Feel Good" by some of his patients, because they received prescriptions when they weren't injured, according to the affidavit.

Patient One

Rosen allegedly told police he “just couldn’t say no” to one patient, whom he had prescribed 7,800 Oxycontin and Oxycodone, 750 Adderall, 390 Valium and 20 fentanyl patches over a nine-month period “solely on [the patient’s] word,” with no examinations.

The Malvern Institute and the Albert Einstein Healthcare notified Rosen concerning the patient’s drug-dependent behavior, police said. Rosen admitted to knowing about the patient’s problems with the prescriptions, having treated the patient since he was a child, according to court records.

Patient Two

A second patient allegedly came to Rosen with anxiety issues in 2009, and was on no medication at the time, according to police. Over time, the patient complained of neck pains and a cyst on his leg. In just over two years later, the patient was taking up to five Oxycontin 80 mg and 10 Oxycodone HCl 30 per day, the affidavit states.

Rosen allegedly told the second patient in May of 2011 that he could no longer prescribe medications because the patient was dependent on narcotics; three weeks later, Rosen allegedly started prescribing the narcotics again and continued to do so, according to police, until at least May of 2012.

Patient Three

A third patient visited Rosen with a respiratory infection in May of 2011, stating a chronic back pain, and a current prescription for Oxycodone, police said. Rosen allegedly prescribed the patient Oxycodone without looking at previous records or X-rays.

A family member allegedly contacted Rosen, stating the patient was a drug addict who recently left rehab for opiates, cocaine and alcohol addictions, and has gone through numerous doctors to obtain narcotics, the affidavit said.

Rosen allegedly increased the prescriptions after receipt of the letter, only dropping the patient after receiving two bounced checks in the amount of $155 in August of 2011. The patient continued to fill 12 more prescriptions from Rosen through November of 2011, with no appointments, the affidavit said.

Rosen, who lives in Elkins Park, has no disciplinary actions on his license to date, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.

Rosen was released on $10,000 bail, and will be in court on May 21 for a preliminary hearing, according to court documents.

Source: Plymouth-WhitemarshPatch

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