Newsbrief: Pain Doctor Hurwitz Raided in Virginia 11/15/02

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DEA agents raided the office and home of Virginia pain management specialist Dr. William Hurwitz this week, Hurwitz reported in an e-mail to supporters. Hurwitz announced in August that he was closing his practice at year's end, after he was named as a target in a federal investigation of doctors suspected of overprescribing opiates (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/252.html#drhurwitz).

"I am okay," wrote Hurwitz. "Agents of the DEA executed search warrants on my office and on my home. They took patient files, financial and other records, my cell phone, and miscellaneous items. The also copied the hard drives on many of my computers and took my server, as they did not have the equipment to copy this in the office. Fortunately, I had back-up files and was able to reestablish my computer network and resume patient care."

But not for long. With his practice shutting down, Hurwitz will soon be gone from the field. And while he had hoped that providing early notice to his patients would allow them to find other physicians to carry on their pain treatment, many have been unable to do so, he reported. "I would appreciate any offers to consider my patients for transfer," he wrote. "There are patients in Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, and Florida for whom possible referrals are needed."

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