LA-area doctor indicted for illegal prescriptions

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California doctor has been indicted on charges he allegedly wrote more than 1,200 prescriptions for powerful painkillers after a federal order revoked his authority to prescribe the drugs.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 72-year-old James William Eisenberg surrendered to federal authorities Monday following his indictment last week.

Eisenberg is charged with four counts, including distribution of hydrocodone, which is the generic drug found in products such as Vicodin and Norco. Prosecutors say he handed out prescriptions in exchange for $150 cash payments.

Eisenberg worked out of several medical offices in West Hollywood, including a storefront he called Pacific Support Services.

Prosecutors say he wrote prescriptions in violation of a 2012 Drug Enforcement Administration order permanently revoking his federal registration.

A telephone listing in his name is disconnected.

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