Dr. Tseng on trial for murder
There is a current trial going on in California. Dr. Lisa Tseng is on trial for murder because of three patients dying, supposedly from her prescribing. I would like to use this case to demonstrate what is so wrong with our legal system in the area of doctor witchhunts and also why I am being so vocal about my situation.
First, she was charged with three counts of murder. Besides the murder charges, Dr. Tseng faces one felony count of prescribing drugs using fraud and 20 felony counts of prescribing drugs without a legitimate medical purpose. Based on these facts alone, I hypothesize that Dr. Tseng was actually not a bad physician. Murder is very hard to prove. The fact that the government had to use that as their main charge and there are only 21 others involving the usual charge of prescribing without legitimate medical purpose would show that the government was not able to find much wrong with her care. Just as in my case in 2008, the dirth of accusations of prescribing without a justifiable medical purpose actually shows good management. The average person doesn’t realize how easy the government throws that charge around. In the courtroom, prescribing without justifiable medical purpose only means that the US Attorney thinks they can make a jury think that way. It has absolutely no connection with reality or if there really was a medical problem. But it sounds so ominous to the average person. “WHAT?” They ask. “She would write a prescription without a medical reason? How bad is that?” Little do they know it is a complete brainwash. Mix that with the comments from the US Attorney that “She did it for the money.” makes her look really bad. Usually in cases against doctors the charges of prescribing without justifiable medical purpose mount into the hundreds. So for there to only be 20 in Dr. Tseng’s case is actually to her credit.
Secondly, in the case of one of the deaths, Dr. Tseng actually decreased the prescriptions being given–prescriptions for Oxycontin and Xanax. The government is claiming that Dr. Tseng tapered too abruptly, causing withdrawal, possible seizure (from the Xanax. Opiate withdrawal doesn’t cause seizure) and death. So that shows that Dr. Tseng is not going to just be filling a patient’s order of “I’ll take 300 OC’s and 120 XX’s please.” with a “Here you go, see you next month.” The information doesn’t say when the last scripts were filled by the patient. In some cases so much time has elapsed since the last script that if you gave them what they had on record, it could be an overdose. And just because a patient is on a high amount of opiates doesn’t automatically make him a drug abuser. Some people have been on medications for years. The levels of toxicity in the body can make more medications required for the same effect. That is seen in all medications from anti-depressants to PPIs (like Nexium). How do people think it shouldn’t happen to pain meds? Fibromyalgia is the best example of what toxicity does. For those patients, extremely high dosages of almost all medications are required to get an effect.
Now, in response to charging a doctor for reducing a dose and causing withdrawal, I honestly don’t understand how US Attorney’s offices can do that with a straight face. All over the country pain practices are being shut down in a matter of minutes. Thousands of patients are suddenly cut off from all of their controlled drugs, including Xanax. People are dying every day from this exact cause, and it is the government at the helm of the death squads, not doctors. Why aren’t they having to answer for their murders? Because the government is untouchable. They have created the laws to put themselves out of reach from those they have wronged. That includes the doctors like me and possibly Dr. Tseng. We can never be compensated for the damage done to us and our loved ones physically, emotionally, financially and sometimes spiritually. One of the things that needs to change in this country is if the government fails to show just cause for their attack on a doctor, the doctor should have legal recourse and be compensated. Especially when the charges are completely fabricated by the government, as in my case. So should the families of patients that have died at the hand of government attacks on doctors’ practices. In my practice eight people that I know of have died at the hand of government attack in 6 months, and there are probably more I don’t know about. It doesn’t matter if it was overdose from self-medication or heart attack from the stress of untreated pain or suicide. The government should be held accountable.
Another charge against Dr. Tseng is that she has prescribed 27,000 prescriptions in 3 years, or 25/day. Actually, that’s not very many considering she prescribed opiates, anti-anxiety meds and muscle relaxants. That would be 3/patient. So that allows for 8 patients/day. I’m sure the numbers they will come up with in my trial will be even higher, simply because most of the patients treated by the doctor in my practice were pain patients, and we took care of more than eight/day. I truly believe that the only problem with Dr. Tseng prescribing was that she was an internist and probably independent. The government doesn’t want primary care physicians treating pain. That’s because there is a health trap in America. Doctors are primarily owned by hospitals. Insurance companies, doctors, Big Pharma and the government want you to spend your money on healthcare–the businesses because they make money, and the government because by doing so, you will stay sick and die young–saving them from SSI and disability payments. We could save 50% of our health care costs in this country if people would stop going to hospital owned doctors and go to independents like myself. We are in business to make our patients healthy and well, not to make our hospital bosses money. In this area of SW Virginia, most of the doctors that have been attacked have been independents like myself. The hospital-owned pain management groups manage to stay clear of government attacks. Surprised?
Lastly, if you Google Lisa Tseng, all you see is bad. All the press is bad–what they are told by the government, disgruntled patients, or family of the deceased patients. Dr. Tseng, following her lawyer’s orders, says nothing. The only response coming from her lawyer is: “Dr. Tseng cares deeply about all her patients and looks forward to her opportunity to vindicate herself in court.” How can that offset public opinion with all the government propaganda spread by the media? After all, the papers have to print something. That’s one of the problems with trials today. Only the government position is publicized. And the information that the public is fed by the government is wrong. That pills cause addiction. The term “pill mill” to label a doctor’s practice. I do not intend to let that be my story. I will be trying to educate the public as to the truth. I will welcome press interviews, TV appearances. After all, the people deserve the truth. Opiates don’t cause addiction in and of themselves. I know the cause of addiction, can treat it and prevent it, and the government knows it. That’s one of the reasons they are persecuting me. Obviously with the job the government has done to brainwash us to think that the prescription is the problem and therefore the doctor causes addiction, no doctor has a chance. I might not be able to teach enough people the truth to save myself, but hopefully over time the people will begin to see the truth, and eventually the government will stop putting good doctors in prison simply because they can.