Another day, another doctor goes down for illegally distributing highly addictive prescription painkillers, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says.
Earlier this week, Manhattan-based doctor Felix Rodriguez pleaded guilty. Now, it's Dr. David Brizer's turn. And this case is in some ways worse. Authorities say Brizer, 60, sold millions of dollars worth of painkillers and hid nearly $500,000 in ill-gotten gains from the IRS.
Brizer, based in Rockland County and in midtown, now faces 1 to 3 years in prison for pleading guilty to drug and tax charges, and a fine of $42,712. Brizer admitted to selling prescriptions in 2011 and 2012 for 240 pills to drug dealers without any medical reason. He typically charged $300 per prescription. He used fake names on the prescriptions.
"Instead of caring for the sick, Dr. Brizer used his medical license to place powerful addictive narcotics in the hands of drug dealers and feed a prescription drug epidemic that is devastating communities and families across New York," Schneiderman said.