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W.Va. doctor accused of conspiring to distribute prescription pain pills faces new charges

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CLARKSBURG, West Virginia — More charges have been filed against a north-central West Virginia doctor accused of conspiring to distribute prescription pain pills.

A federal grand jury charged Edita Milan on Tuesday with maintaining a drug-involved premises from the spring of 2011 until June 2013. Milan also is charged with four counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substances.

The grand jury added the new counts to a 2013 indictment charging Milan, 75, of Fairmont with one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances outside the usual course of a professional medical practice, The Exponent Telegram (http://bit.ly/1tJIZqc ) reported.

An attorney representing Milan, Belinda Haynie, declined comment following Milan's arraignment on the new charges on Wednesday.

Milan ran a pain management office out of Bridgeport. She is accused of conspiring with employees and other connected individuals to illegally distribute hydrocodone, buprenorphine and other prescription drugs.

The new charges allege that Milan wrote medically unnecessary and unsupported prescriptions for two patients in 2010 and 2012. She is also is charged with writing a prescription in 2011 for methadone to treat a patient's opioid addiction, although she was not licensed to prescribe methadone for addiction treatment.

Prosecutors have alleged that Milan was treating more than twice as many patients as she was permitted to treat with narcotics. She voluntarily surrendered her Drug Enforcement Administration registration number, meaning she can no longer prescribe controlled substances.

Six co-defendants have pleaded guilty to related charges.

Last week, a federal judge granted Milan the right to spend court funds on a neurological evaluation. Milan requested a court-funded examination in July to determine whether she suffers from dementia. Her lawyers argue that dementia or other similar progressive diseases could affect her ability to have a fair trial.

Milan's trial is scheduled for Jan. 5.


Information from: The Exponent Telegram, http://www.theet.com

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