Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Pasco pain doctor wrote prescriptions without license, deputies say

PORT RICHEY — Pasco deputies on Wednesday arrested a man who they say was running a pain clinic without a license and prescribing addicting doses of drugs.

Detectives began investigating Malcolm Foster, 62, two years ago after complaints from doctors and former patients, according to a Pasco Sheriff's Office news release. From his office at 10130 U.S. 19, he was writing more than 75 percent of his prescriptions for Xanax, Soma and oxycodone.

The Florida Department of Health revoked Foster's medical license in 2012 after an investigation revealed he was having sex with a patient whom he knew to be a victim of prior sexual abuse.

In December, detectives confiscated more than 1,350 medical records from Foster's home at 7726 Salt Lane in Port Richey and charred remains of more records in a pit in the back yard.

About 78 percent of Foster's patients walked away with prescriptions, usually oxycodone. A medical expert found that Foster was prescribing "large amounts of benzodiazepines and opiates, which put the patients at risk for addiction and overdose, which could result in death," the release states.

Foster was arrested in a traffic stop Wednesday on 12 counts of operating an unregistered pain clinic. He has since been released from the Land O'Lakes jail after posting $60,000 bail.

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