CLARION - The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Oct. 31 filed charges against three area women in connection to alleged prescription medication misuse.
The three defendants are former employees of the Clarion Hospital Internal Medicine Physician's Group.
Trisha L. Boocks, 49, Emlenton, is charged with 12 felony counts of acquiring possession of a con-trolled substance by mis-representation and one misdemeanor count of unregistered possession of a controlled substance beginning April 12, 2018, in Monroe Township.
According to court documents filed at District Judge Timothy P. Schill's office in Marianne, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Narcotics Agent William F. Brown had met with Clarion Hospital employees and learned former employees of the hospital's Internal Medicine Physician's Group were sending, via electronic and fax transmission, unauthorized prescriptions to pharmacies for Phentermine for another former employee, Trisha Books.
Phentermine is an appetite suppressant used together with diet and exercise to treat obesity. Can cause rapid or irregular heartbeat, delirium, panic, psychosis, and heart failure.
The prescriptions were under the name of Dr. Robert Luderer. Brown interviewed and obtained a written statement from Luderer, stating he had never written or authorized any prescriptions for Phentermine for Boocks and that Boocks was never a patient of his.
Through an investigation, it was learned that on April 12, 2018, Charity Schill, an employee of the Physician's Group practice allegedly added a prescription and sent it to the Health Complex Pharmacy on behalf of Dr. Luderer for Boocks for 90 37-milligram tablets of Phentermine.
Schill allegedly sent an additional prescription under the name of Dr. Luderer to the pharmacy on May 5, 2018, which was not filled as it was over the dosage allowance.
Schill, 44, Lucinda, is charged with two felony counts of acquiring possession of a controlled substance by mis-representation and two misdemeanor counts of procuring drugs for another by forgery.
Brown interviewed a known employee of the Health Complex Pharma-cy, who allegedly told Brown she is familiar with Boocks, as Boocks worked in the building in which the pharmacy is located and she allegedly recalled Boocks picking up prescriptions for Phentermine.
The employee also al-allegedly recalled having talked with Schill from Luderer's office on the phone and was allegedly told by Schill that it was OK to fill a prescription for Phentermine when the employee called and questioned the duration of the prescription.
Brown interviewed Schill who allegedly stated Boocks had approached her and asked her to send a prescription for Phentermine and that Boocks had asked Luderer if it was OK.
Schill allegedly stated Boocks did not ask Luderer if it was OK and she knew Boocks was not a patient of Luderer. Schill allegedly stated she did approve refilling a prescription when she spoke by phone with the Health Complex Pharmacy employee.
The investigation showed Brittney Reed also sent a prescription via fax, signed on behalf of Luderer to the pharmacy on July 13, 2018. Reed also sent a refill prescription for Boocks without authorization from Luderer to the pharmacy Nov. 19, 2018.
Reed, 36, Clarion, is charged with two felony counts of acquiring possession of a controlled substance by mis-representation and two misdemeanor counts of procuring drugs for another by forgery.
The known pharmacy employee provided Brown with copies of the prescriptions and allegedly stated she had spoken with Reed after calling Luderer's office. Reed allegedly told the employee Boocks was leaving on vacation and the November prescription was OK to fill.
Brown interviewed Reed, who allegedly stated she knew Boocks was not a patient of Luderer's and that she had sent a prescription for Phentermine to the pharmacy without Luderer's permission.
Brown interviewed Boocks, who allegedly ad-mitted she was not a patient of Luderer's nor had she ever been, but allegedly stated she had asked him to authorize a prescription for her. Boocks allegedly admitted she had accessed her medical records on the "Medent" system and added Phentermine to her own records and sent a prescription for herself to a pharmacy.
Boocks also allegedly told Brown she had asked both Reed and Schill to send the prescriptions for Phentermine to pharmacies for her and they did.
The complaint states prescriptions under Luderer's name were filled on April 12, May 22, July 13, Aug. 27, Nov. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 19, and Dec. 21, 2018.
Two other prescriptions were filled March 17 and May 13, 2019.
Preliminary hearings for Boocks, Schill and Aites are scheduled for Nov. 19 with Schill presiding.