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Retired Arizona doctor indicted for prescribing drugs from home

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PHOENIX – A retired Arizona doctor was indicted this week for prescribing narcotic drugs despite his restricted privileges.

Dr. James Barsz of Casa Grande was charged with fraudulent schemes and unlawful administration of narcotic drugs, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office said Thursday.

The 72-year-old had signed an agreement with the Arizona Medical Board in May 2019, months after he retired, that he would not prescribe controlled substances for the time being.

The board was investigating his prescribing procedures.

But a review of the state Pharmacy Board’s Prescription Monitoring Program showed Barsz kept prescribing drugs.

Barsz allegedly told certain patients when he retired in October 2018 that he would still write prescriptions, informally.

Prosecutors accused Barsz of meeting with patients at restaurants or his house.

None of them were given examinations, the attorney general’s office said, but they were prescribed drugs; in exchange they gave Barsz cash or gift cards.

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