Pennsylvania physician pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in patient’s death

A physician in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to uncontrolled manslaughter in the 2018 death of a patient who overdosed on a combination of drugs he recommended, according to The Tribune-Democrat..

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Dr. Green was charged almost 2 years after one of his clients died of acute drug toxicity brought on by quetiapine, oxycodone and alprazolam, all of which were supposedly recommended by Dr. Green.

In April, Richard Green, MD, was charged with drug shipment leading to death; delivery by professional in infraction of the Controlled Substances, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act; involuntary murder and related charges.

In addition to pleading guilty to the misdemeanor count of uncontrolled manslaughter, Dr. Green went into guilty pleas to two third-degree felony charges of infractions of the “provider prohibited acts” section of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, according to the report..

Dr. Green, who has willingly surrendered his medical license, is arranged to be sentenced Dec. 14..

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