AG: Pittsford doctor indicted for manslaughter, other charges in opioid overdose death

Updated: February 19, 2021 06:52 PM
Created: February 19, 2021 10:29 AM

ROCHESTER N.Y. (WHEC) — New York State Attorney General Letitia James Friday announced the indictment of a Pittsford physician on second-degree maslaughter and other felony charges related to the overdose death of a patient.

Sudipt Deshmukh is accused of prescribing a "lethal mix" of opioids and other controlled substances that resulted in the overdose death of a patient who Desmukh knew struggled with addiction. He was a primary care physician

Additionally, Deshmukh was a charged with two counts of first degree reckless endangerment as it related to two patients, and six counts of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance for overprescribing high doses of powerful opioid pain killers.

He was also charged with fourth degree healthcare fraud for allegedly causing Medicare, through its contractor Cigna Medicare Healthcare Rx, to pay for the medically unnecessary prescriptions that ultimately contributed to his patient's overdose death.

He's listed within the University of Rochester Medical Center's network, News10NBC has reached out for comment, but have not heard back.

According to James, a grand jury handed up an indictment in Monroe County, which was unsealed on Feb. 18. It alleges that between 2006 and 2016, Deshmukh was aware of and fostered his patients’ addictions and ignored his professional responsibilities.

It also accuses that, without any legitimate medical purposes, Deshmukh prescribed dangerous combinations of opioid pain killers and other controlled substances, including hydrocodone, Oxycontin, oxycodone, Zohydro, methadone, morphine, Opana, and fentanyl, among other drugs, without regard to the risks of death associated at high doses.

James's office reportedly  filed the first charges in a felony complaint back in August of 2020, that was following a 2019 investigation by the New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct. That report found that Deshmukh committed multiple counts of professional misconduct

You can view a copy of that investigation below

Professional misconduct complaint by News10NBC on Scribd

His top charge is a class C felony, with a maximum sentence of 5 to 15 years imprisonment.

According to the AG, the case will be turned over to the Monroe County Court for an arraignment date to be determined.

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