Lubbock, TX (AP) A jury on Wednesday found a doctor guilty of prescribing oxycodone and other painkillers to William Bar for years, despite his pleas to the contrary.
Bar’s family sued the doctor in federal court in 2012, accusing him of misusing their son’s life and claiming he had abused him.
Bar died in 2017.
A judge has ordered a new trial.
He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for lying to federal investigators about his prescribing practices.
Bar, a Texas native, died in December 2017 at age 59.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
The verdict was not unexpected.
The trial was expected to begin this week and was expected by the end of this week.
Attorney David Tisch, representing Bar’s widow, said the jury’s verdict was significant because it came after an “extensive and thorough” investigation by prosecutors.
“This was not a single moment that William was a victim,” Tisch said.
“It was a series of instances in which the doctor was trying to cover up and cover up his misconduct.”
Bar was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and had chronic pain, a common side effect of opioids.
Prosecutors argued that Bar abused his privileges by prescribing Oxycontin and Percocet.
The doctor was accused of prescribing the pills for more than a decade, from 2002 to 2014.
In 2014, the government’s first-degree murder charge against Bar was dismissed after prosecutors conceded he had lied to investigators about Bar’s prescriptions.
A second-degree homicide charge was also dismissed after investigators said they did not find enough evidence that Bar was criminally responsible.
A third-degree assault charge was dropped after the doctor pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of prescribing narcotics without a prescription.
A fourth-degree burglary charge was later dismissed.
The federal government brought two criminal charges against Bar in 2016 and 2017.
Bar was sentenced in June to two years in federal prison for the second-year charge.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas said that the jury was instructed in the state of Texas to find that there was a substantial likelihood that Bar committed multiple federal crimes related to his use of Oxycontin, Percovid, Oxycodone, and Percodanil.
The indictment alleges that Bar misused the privileges of a physician, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, a registered nurse, and a licensed pharmacist, in violation of 18 U.T.S., § 1031(a)(3).
He violated his responsibilities as a physician by prescribing oxycontin and other opioids to a patient who was suffering from fibromyalgic pain and who was at risk of addiction to the drugs, the indictment said.
He abused the physician’s trust and authority by prescribing Percodex, OxyContin, and Oxycodanils, which were illegally marketed, to a person who had already been diagnosed with chronic pain and addiction, the charges alleged.
Bar also violated the patient’s rights by prescribing these drugs to another patient who had been previously diagnosed with a chronic pain disorder, the allegations alleged.
The patient was subsequently prescribed Oxycontin.
In 2016, the prosecution filed the indictment on behalf of Bar, claiming that he had committed multiple crimes, including conspiracy, using his physician’s privileges for the purpose of committing a federal crime, and using Oxycodones and Perca in violation the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
In addition, the trial court issued a warrant for Bar’s arrest, charging him with two counts of first- and second-order felony drug offenses and two counts each of third- and fourth-order felonies related to Oxycontin use and abuse.
Prosecutors said they found a medical file indicating that Bar had a history of prescribing Oxycodies and Percapsules to people in his practice.
Prosecutors also said that Bar used his physician privileges to prescribe Oxycontin to another physician in another practice and to an individual who was not licensed by the state to prescribe narcotics.
Bar had no history of serious drug addiction or addiction to any opioid, the prosecutors said.
Prosecutors alleged that Bar took Xanax and hydrocodone to treat pain, then sold Oxycontin at an online pharmacy in Houston.
Prosecutors charged Bar with two federal felony counts related to the sale of Oxycodices and Percsilos.
In a separate indictment, prosecutors alleged that he received $100,000 from the doctor for his services, which included prescribing OxyContin to other patients.
The jury also found that Bar, despite being charged with two felonies, did not commit any of the crimes in the indictment.
Bar faces a sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted.