Edmond doctor 'got off light' for role in fraud, board member says

An Edmond doctor will be issued a letter of reprimand and made to perform 200 hours of community service after he admitted to helping a woman obtain $20,000 in bonuses by writing unnecessary prescriptions for the anti-inflammatory drug Zipsor.
by Andrew Knittle Published: March 8, 2013
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“I hope you understand today how lucky you are,” he said. “You sent a really bad message about our profession.”

Dickinson, who appeared along with his attorney, apologized to the medical board for his actions, saying he'd never been in trouble during a 30-year medical career.

He said he agreed to help Linville, who was acquainted with his son, strictly “as a favor to her.”

“I didn't consider it an act of fraud at the time,” the doctor said. “She had financial problems ... she had a child that was ill ... it went beyond what my intent had been.”

Dickinson told the board that representatives from Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals called him in October 2010 and asked him about the prescriptions he'd written to Linville and her family and friends. He said the company was suspicious because of the small size of the prescriptions and the large number of refills.

“I did cooperate with them,” Dickinson said, adding that Linville was laid off shortly after the scheme was exposed.

It also was announced during the hearing that Linville is responsible for filing the complaint against Dickinson with the medical board.

No charges yet

Neither the doctor nor Linville have been charged with a crime in connection with the Zipsor scheme.

“How is this not a felony?” Skillings said during the hearing. “I don't understand that.”

For his part, Dickinson said he is currently not practicing medicine and that he resigned his position at an Edmond hospital in mid-January. He also said he never profited by writing the prescriptions for Linville.

“It was a monumental mistake on my part,” the doctor said.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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