Feds respond to complaints about Dr. Gosy crisis

Posted at 7:10 PM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 13:05:22-04

The indictment and abrupt closing of Dr. Eugene Gosy's Pain Treatment Center in Williamsville has left many of the doctor's 10,000 active patients desperately seeking answers for their future pain management.

7 Eyewitness News has heard several complaints from patients who blame federal officials for creating a crisis with their health care.

During an exclusive interview with Ed Reilly, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, William Hochul, and DEA Resident Agent in Charge for Buffalo, John Flickinger, tried to clear up some confusion that is going around concerning the Gosy case.

Hochul said the federal prosecution of Dr. Gosy did not require the pain doctor to close his office to patients.

"The practice itself has not been charged in any way, shape or form, nor any of the people who worked for Dr. Gosy over all these years. Our prosecution is simply against Dr. Gosy," explained the U.S. Attorney.

Another complaint going around is that other doctors are being warned by the Drug Enforcement Administration to not take on Dr. Gosy patients and prescribe them regulated medications.

Not true - according to John Flickinger.

"In investigations where there is a single indictment, we (DEA) would not be sending chain-letters or emails out threatening other health care providers from seeing patients.  We would not be discouraging people that need treatment from getting treatment from their health care providers."

Watch Ed Reilly's story to hear more.