Ex-Patient Sues "Suboxone for Cash" Opioid Treatment Clinic

New Case follows Federal Prosecution of Drug Scheme by Doctor and Owner

PITTSBURGH - Nov. 8, 2019 - PRLog -- Alan Perer and C.J. Engel, attorneys at SPK- Swensen & Perer, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of James Reiland against Jennifer Hess, Christopher Handa, Madhu Aggarwal, M.D. and Redirections Associates Treatment Advocates, LLC, an opioid addiction treatment clinic.

In 2018, the defendants were indicted by Federal authorities for numerous charges related to the illegal distribution of the opioid addiction treatment drug Suboxone for cash without medical oversight or actual treatment.  In 2019, Hess, Handa and Aggarwal pled guilty to those charges in Federal court.

The plaintiff, James Reiland, was a patient at the clinic between November 2013 and June 2016. The complaint outlines the flagrant violations of professional standards that Reiland was subjected to, including the falsified prescription of Suboxone by non-medical staff using Dr. Aggarwal's signature.

Because the purported "treatment" Reiland underwent did not involve any on-going physician oversight, medical assessment or diagnosis, counseling or dose monitoring, Reiland's addiction severely worsened, to the point he considered suicide.

In the course of his almost two year reliance on Redirections Associates,

Reiland lost his career, his home, and his family. Since leaving Redirections, Reiland received professional help, got clean, and has begun to repair his life and that of his family, and others in recovery.

Defendant Jennifer Hess was and is the owner of Redirections Associates Treatment Advocates. In May 2019, she pled guilty to charges of unlawful distribution of Suboxone and health care fraud at 18-CR-00142 of the Western District of Pennsylvania

Defendant Christopher Hanna was operations manager at Redirections Associates Treatment Advocates. In June 2018, Handa pled guilty to charges of conspiracy and health care fraud at 18-CR-00079 of the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Defendant Dr Madhu Aggarwal was a physician at Redirections Associates Treatment Advocates at the Bridgeville PA office. In July 2018, she pled guilty to charges of unlawful distribution of Suboxone, conspiracy, and health care fraud at 18-CR-00111 of the Western District of Pennsylvania. The complaint claims a separate professional liability action against Aggarwal and a Certificate of Merit is also attached to the complaint.

The complaint contains five counts and asks for both compensatory and punitive damages.

FILED IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 11-7-19 Case No:GD-19-007282

Alan Perer and C.J. Engel are attorneys at SPK-The Law Firm of Swensen & Perer in Pittsburgh, PA. SPK has represented a large number of victims in personal injury and wrongful death cases, with over 40 years of experience in civil litigation Wrongs Righted ®

Contact
Alan Perer
SPK - the law firm of Swenson & Perer
aperer@spkpowerlaw.com
412 -281-1970


Photos: (Click photo to enlarge)



Click to Contact
Latest News

Putin engineers shakeup that could keep him in power longer

May 29, 2020

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin engineered a surprise shakeup of Russia's leadership Wednesday, proposing changes to the constitution that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigned his post after Putin announced the proposed constitutional amendments. Putin kept his longtime ally in the Kremlin's leadership structure, appointing him to the newly created post of deputy head of the presidential Security Council. The shakeup sent shock waves through Russia's political elites who were left pondering what Putin's intentions were and speculating about future Cabinet appointments. Putin’s proposed constitutional reforms, announced...

Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who modernized Oman, dies at 79

May 29, 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Mideast's longest-ruling monarch who seized power in a 1970 palace coup and pulled his Arabian sultanate into modernity while carefully balancing diplomatic ties between adversaries Iran and the U.S., has died. He was 79. The British-educated, reclusive sultan reformed a nation that was home to only three schools and harsh laws banning electricity, radios, eyeglasses and even umbrellas when he took the throne. Under his reign, Oman became known as a welcoming tourist destination and a key Mideast interlocutor, helping the U.S. free captives in Iran and Yemen and...

On streets of Tehran, relief for now at no wider conflict

May 29, 2020

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian newspapers proclaimed the country's attack on U.S. forces in Iraq to be "a dark night for Americans," and Washington's "first admission of failure in history." On the bustling streets of Tehran, however, there was relief Thursday that neither side appeared primed for war. “War is not something like the ‘Call of Duty’ game," said Dara Shojaei, a 23-year-old architecture student. “It's not a game you can play to win. There's no winner.” But with the relief came some mixed feelings about how far Iran should go to avenge the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleiman,...

Stocks rise as China confirms trade deal signing next week

May 29, 2020

NEW YORK — U.S stocks climbed in morning trading on Thursday as investors cheered confirmation from China that its top trade official will head to Washington next week to sign a preliminary trade deal. The “Phase 1” accord is the opening step on a possible path toward a broader agreement between the nations. President Donald Trump has said he will travel to Beijing after the initial signing to start the second stage of talks. Every major index is on track for a record as Wall Street distances itself from a bout of anxiety over the last week because of tensions...

Soleimani, a general who became Iran icon by targeting US

May 29, 2020

TEHRAN, Iran — For Iranians whose icons since the Islamic Revolution have been stern-faced clergy, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani widely represented a figure of national resilience in the face of four decades of U.S. pressure. For the U.S. and Israel, he was a shadowy figure in command of Iran's proxy forces, responsible for fighters in Syria backing President Bashar Assad and for the deaths of American troops in Iraq. Solemani survived the horror of Iran’s long war in the 1980s with Iraq to take control of the Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force, responsible for the Islamic Republic’s foreign campaigns. Relatively...

Search

Deck Biz is an intelligent platform providing international and regional business news updates. You won’t get these insights elsewhere other than Deck Biz.

Contact us: sales@deckbiz.com