Pennsylvania physician sentenced in patient death

A Pennsylvania physician was sentenced to 22 years in prison for overprescribing controlled substances that resulted in the death of a patient.

Martin Evers, MD, 66, was a primary care physician at Richmond, Va.-based Bon Secours Charity Health System at the time he was charged, according to a Feb. 12 Justice Department news release.

In February 2019, a 48-year-old woman died as a result of the oxycodone and fentanyl prescription Mr. Evers prescribed. He was charged with 71 counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substances including oxycodone, fentanyl, methadone and diazepam, to three patients, the release said.

Mr. Evers was found guilty of all counts on Dec. 5, 2022. He also was fined $50,000.

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