State Questions Doctor after 10 Patients Die of Overdose

June 24, 2006--Posted at 12:55 pm CST

RUSSELLVILLE- A Russellville doctor is being questioned after 10 of his patients died from a lethal mix of drugs or an overdose of prescription medicines.

The Arkansas State Medical Board has accused Doctor Randeep Mann of prescribing excessive amounts of controlled substances to patients he knew or should have known had histories of drug abuse.

Mann's license was temporarily suspended in April until a July 6th hearing. The board will decide whether to revoke Mann's license based on whether Mann's care was ``grossly negligent or ignorant malpractice.''

Mann's attorney, Drake Mann, who is no relation, said the issue wasn't the doctor's prescriptions, but the patients' abuse of the drugs.

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