Pain doctor faces more charges connected to patient deaths

Posted at 9:14 AM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 17:53:06-05

A northtowns doctor, facing charges of illegally prescribing pain pills, now faces additional federal charges.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Dr. Eugene Gosy unlawfully prescribed medications that resulted in the deaths of six of his patients. 

A new grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses Gosy of 166-counts ranging from unlawfully distributing controlled substances, to healthcare fraud.

Prosecutors believe he over prescribed the meds for monetary gain. He is the only one named in the indictment. Prosecutors said no other employee from his officer is facing any charges at this time.

"Today's superseding indictment represents the first time that a physician in the Western District of New York has been alleged to be criminally responsible for unlawfully prescribing drugs which resulted in the death of a patient," Kennedy said. 

"These new counts involved high risk chronic pain patients who suffered from multiple medical problems as well as being drug addicts," said Gosy's attorney Joel Daniels.  "You do your best to ease their pain, and if they want to abuse pills, why should Gosy be to blame," Daniels questioned.

A statement was sent to 7 Eyewitness News on behalf of Gosy that reads, "Gosy has helped tens of thousands of patients suffering from debilitating painful illnesses and injuries.  All medical care has risks, especially when a patient does not follow physician instructions.  Every patient death is a tragedy."

The statement explains Gosy's rate of patient overdose deaths is below the national average.

Gosy is still practicing medicine in Williamsville but under the supervision of another doctor in the office. He is not allowed to write any prescriptions.

If Gosy is convicted on each of these additional counts, he faces 20 years to life in prison.