Robert Lowes. Federal prosecutors said that pediatric neurologist Joshua Baron, MD, ran dozens of these kinds of solicitations on the classified advertising Web site so that he could prescribe controlled substances in exchange for sex, cash, or both.
The year-old physician pleaded guilty in March to writing such illegal prescriptions for 16 individuals. On August 5, a federal district judge sentenced him to 70 months in prison. He treated patients at Rush University Medical Center and 2 other hospitals in the Chicago area from to According to court records, Dr. None of the individuals who traded sex and cash for the drugs were Dr. Baron's patients, prosecutors said, nor did they ever visit his medical offices.
For Dr. Baron, prosecutors said, the game was up when a female undercover detective in the Wilmette, Illinois, Police Department responded to one of his Craigslist by in January She agreed to have sex with Dr. Baron for a pill prescription of Adderall. Baron told the detective his name and identified himself as a physician who practiced at Rush University Medical Center.
They arranged a rendezvous at 1 pm on January at her supposed apartment at a fictitious address.
When he arrived by cab in the vicinity of that address, he was arrested by Wilmette police. Later that year, Dr. Baron surrendered both his Illinois medical and his registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
He initially was charged in a state court, but the case quickly shifted to the federal district court in Chicago after the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Chicago Police Department conducted a more extensive investigation. Send comments and news tips to news medscape.
Robert Lowes is a journalist for Medscape Medical News. A former senior editor at Medical Economics magazine and contributor to numerous healthcare publications, Robert has covered medicine from almost every conceivable angle — public policy, managed care, education, ethics, medical malpractice, information technology, billing and collections, waiting-room de, and first-degree murder.
His articles have won major awards such as first place in the annual journalism competition of the National Institute for Health Care Management, and several have been republished in books. Robert also is an anthologized poet.
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