Why are doctors turning Gosy patients away?

Posted at 11:21 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 10:49:06-04

Where is Dr. Eugene Gosy? 7 Eyewitness News has reached out to his attorney, Joel Daniels but we haven't heard back.

We did speak with some who claim Gosy is very distraught over what's happening to his patients. But while many are counting down the days until his Williamsville office opens again, will it be ready to treat patients?

Some we've talked with say there are logistical issues inside the office that need to be figured out regarding medicine and liability.

In the meantime, while Gosy's office is still closed, why are many local primary care doctors finding it hard to treat his patients?

"One major concern is if you haven't prescribed a lot of controlled substances, the concern is you suddenly come up on the radar of the local agencies," said Dr. Tim Gabryel, President of the Erie County Medical Society.

Prescriptions for controlled substances are monitored by the state through New York's iStop program. Dr. Gabryel says doctors are fearful they'll be flagged if they suddenly start prescribing high doses of opioid painkillers.

Gabryel also says many primary care physicians are not used to treating pain everyday, like a pain management specialist.

"Many of us have not done a lot of pain management, so the medical society and the health department are trying to put together some materials to help physicians re-educate themselves, something to bring our skills back," he said. "What we don't want is physicians to be put in the position where they don't feel comfortable prescribing."