WILLIAMSPORT – Dr Raymond Kraynak, who the Drug Enforcement Agency has listed as the state’s primary prescriber of oxycodone, continued to prescribe patients he had placed on a “don’t see” list according to testimony. ‘a federal drug officer Thursday morning.
Constable Lou Callavini testified that Kraynak wrote 32 prescriptions per day during a 30-day work month and that after Kraynak’s office in Mount Carmel received a search warrant for patient records, the doctor has increased his opioid prescriptions.
“He was the # 1 Oxy prescriber in the state from 2014 to 2016,” the agent said.
Callavini testified on the day he arrived at Kraynak’s office in March 2016, he noticed a patient waiting to be seen, the same patient who was on the doctor’s “do not see” list.
Kraynak sat at the defense table and listened to the testimony, often taking notes and whispering to his public defenders, Tom Thornton and Gerald Lord.
Callavini said when officers entered Kraynak’s office they were in “disarray”.
“There were files everywhere and not in any order,” the agent said. “It took a long time, even with the cooperation of the employees inside, to find what we were looking for. “
Callavini said once officers got what they were looking for, the records were turned over to another doctor in the exact form they were collected in, for review.
Callavini said he became aware of Kraynak after receiving numerous complaints and people concerned about the overprescribing, which sparked an investigation.
Federal agents finally arrested the now suspended Mount Carmel doctor on December 21, 2017. Kraynak, 64, is charged with 12 counts of illegal distribution or distribution, five counts of illegal distribution or distribution resulting in death and two counts of maintaining a drug. – involved premises for its offices in Mount Carmel and Shamokin. Prescribing practices have resulted in the deaths of five people, authorities said.
The indictment says Kraynak is said to have prescribed more than six million opioids, such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and fentanyl, between May 2012 and July 2017. Prosecutors seek to hold him accountable for the overdose deaths of five patients from October 2013 to May 2015. No A physician across Pennsylvania prescribed more doses of opioids in the 19 months to July 2017 than Kraynak’s 2,792,490.
The testimony will continue this afternoon.