Delaware physician accused of trading drugs for sex loses medical license

A Delaware physician accused of prescribing opioids to an addiction patient in exchange for sexual favors has lost his medical license, according to delawareonline.com.

The state Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline permanently revoked the license of Nihar B. Gala, who was responsible for the pain management and addiction treatment center Alpha Care Medical based in Millsboro, Del. Mr. Gala's controlled substance registrations were also permanently revoked.

Mr. Gala allegedly had a sexual relationship with a female patient battling addiction, according to delawareonling.com, which cites a complaint filed by a state prosecutor. 

Mr. Gala said in March that there is a "conspiracy" against him.

"The case brought against him is based on medical records he believes were created by another physician who had an interest of, for lack of a better term, railroading him and his career and his competing medical practice," Ben Schwartz, Mr. Gala's attorney, is quoted as saying at a March hearing. 

The patient referenced in the complaint reportedly saw Mr. Gala before January 2017 when he worked at "Got-A-Doc" walk-in medical centers in Millsboro and Camden, Del.

The complaint says the patient had seen other providers and had received Suboxone for opiate addiction by the time she first saw Mr. Gala in September 2016.

Mr. Gala allegedly took the patient off Suboxone and prescribed oxycodone, without examining the patient's previous treatment records or reaching out to the patient's other providers. The complaint states that in October 2016, Mr. Gala also wrote the patient prescriptions for oxycodone and fentanyl.

After the patient's last recorded visit or examination with Mr. Gala in late October 2016, Mr. Gala continued to write prescriptions for the female patient and did not provide documented medical explanation, according to the complaint.

The patient told an employee the prescriptions were in exchange for sexual favors, according to the complaint.

 

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