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Pharmacists’ Hearings Set Over Drugs for Patients who Died

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Administrative hearings are planned for an Ohio hospital system and three pharmacists facing possible discipline over excessive painkillers ordered by a doctor now charged with murder in 25 patient deaths. Only the doctor, William Husel, is being criminally prosecuted. He has pleaded not guilty. The pharmacists and the Columbus-area Mount Carmel… Read More

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Nurses’ Hearings Set Over Drug Doses for Patients Who Died

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Administrative hearings have been set for the 25 Ohio nurses accused of giving excessive painkillers to patients who died and not questioning the medication ordered by a doctor now charged with murder. Those nurses from the Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus aren’t being criminally prosecuted but face possible discipline by the Ohio… Read More

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien speaks during a court hearing for defendant William Husel, second from left, as defense attorneys Diane Menashe and Jose Baez and assistant prosecutor James Lowe listen on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.

Doctor in Murder Case Gets 2 New Lawyers, June Trial Date

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio doctor charged with 25 counts of murder is now scheduled for trial next June and has two new lawyers, including one known for successfully defending high-profile clients such as Casey Anthony and Aaron Hernandez. That lawyer, Florida-based Jose Baez, calls the charges against William Husel “somewhat baffling.” Baez wouldn’t… Read More

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Doc Charged With Murder Gets Lawyer From High-Profile Cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio doctor charged with 25 counts of murder has a new lawyer known for successfully defending high-profile clients such as Casey Anthony and Aaron Hernandez. Florida-based lawyer Jose Baez identified himself as William Husel’s attorney in a court filing seeking to be part of the defense despite not practicing law… Read More

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Ohio Hospital System Gets New Leader After Drug-Dose Deaths

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio hospital system where excessive painkiller doses were given to dozens of patients who died has named an interim replacement for the CEO resigning after that scandal. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System says its interim leader will be Michael Englehart, a senior executive from Mount Carmel’s parent company, Trinity… Read More

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Health System: Delay Patient Deaths’ Lawsuits During Probe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio health system wants to put on hold civil lawsuits over allegations that a doctor ordered excessive painkiller doses for dozens of patients who died. Mount Carmel Health System found that the doctor, William Husel, ordered potentially fatal drug doses for 29 central Ohio patients over several years. The system… Read More

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Cleveland Clinic Says Accused Doc’s Prescribing There Was OK

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CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Clinic says its internal review found no concerns with the prescribing practices of a former doctor there who is now accused of ordering potentially fatal doses of painkillers for dozens of patients at a different Ohio hospital. William Husel was a supervised resident at the Cleveland Clinic from 2008 to… Read More

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Board Cites 25 Nurses Over High Doses for Patients Who Died

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio officials are pursuing potential disciplinary action against 25 nurses accused of failing to question an intensive-care doctor’s orders for excessive doses of painkillers given to dozens of hospital patients who then died. Attorney General Dave Yost says those nurses in the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System should have questioned orders… Read More

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Doc Denies Ordering Outsize Painkiller to End Patient’s Life

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A critical-care doctor accused of ordering excessive painkiller doses for dozens of Ohio hospital patients who died is denying he negligently or intentionally prescribed drugs to end a woman’s life. The response is part of a court filing seeking dismissal of a lawsuit against Dr. William Husel over the September death… Read More

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Doc, Drug Dosages Draw Medicare Scrutiny at 2 Ohio Hospitals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials will scrutinize whether two Ohio hospitals meet all conditions for participating in Medicare following findings that a now-fired doctor ordered possibly fatal doses of powerful painkillers for dozens of patients. Mount Carmel West hospital in Columbus and Mount Carmel St. Ann’s in Westerville already said they tightened policies and drug access to address problems… Read More

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Doc Investigated Over Drug Overdoses Seeks Board Hearing

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An intensive-care doctor accused of ordering painkiller overdoses for dozens of Ohio hospital patients has asked the state’s medical board for a hearing before it decides whether to take further action against his suspended license. Board spokeswoman Tessie Pollock says the hearing requested Friday by William Husel hasn’t been scheduled yet…. Read More

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Pharmacy Officer Leaves as Hospital Reviews Excessive Dosing

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio hospital’s chief pharmacy officer has left the job amid allegations that employees there ordered, approved and administered possibly fatal doses of pain medication for dozens of patients over several years. Mount Carmel Health System won’t say whether Janet Whittey’s Feb. 5 departure from Columbus’ Mount Carmel West was voluntary… Read More

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Accused Doc’s Wife Among Nurses Named in Wrongful-Death Suit

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A wrongful-death lawsuit against an Ohio doctor accused of ordering potentially fatal doses of pain medication for hospital patients alleges a nurse now married to him administered one of the excessive doses he ordered in 2015. It’s among the growing list of at least a dozen cases brought since the Columbus-area… Read More

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Hospital, Doc Face 9th Suit Over Patient Deaths, Drug Doses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A new wrongful-death lawsuit alleges an Ohio hospital patient was given a lethal painkiller overdose weeks after concern was raised about the doctor who ordered the medication. It’s the ninth lawsuit against the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System, now-fired Dr. William Husel (HYOO’-suhl), and pharmacists and nurses accused of wrongly approving… Read More

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Doc, Hospital Face 8 Wrongful Death Suits Over Drug Dosages

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio woman’s family says she died at a hospital minutes after receiving two excessive doses of potentially lethal medication ordered by a doctor now being investigated in connection with dozens of deaths. Attorneys say the May 2015 death of 85-year-old Norma Welch prompted one of two lawsuits filed Monday against… Read More

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Timeline Shows Investigation Of Alleged Pain Meds Overdosing

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Investigations are underway into allegations that a doctor working for an Ohio hospital system ordered inappropriately high doses of pain medication to dozens of patients, leading to the deaths of at least 28 people at two hospitals. A review of events so far based on information provided by Mount Carmel Hospital… Read More

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2 More Lawsuits Say Doctor Ordered Lethal Meds For Patients

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Two more lawsuits are alleging hospital patients were negligently or intentionally given lethal doses of pain medicine ordered by an Ohio doctor without the families’ knowledge. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System says Dr. William Husel ordered excessive doses for at least 34 patients over several years. It fired Husel, notified… Read More

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Patient’s Widow: Hospital Safeguards ‘Failed Tremendously’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A woman suing an Ohio hospital and doctor with claims that her husband received an outsized dose of a powerful painkiller before he died says it’s clear medical safeguards “failed tremendously.” The lawsuit over Troy Allison’s July death is among at least three so far against Dr. William Husel (HYOO’-suhl) and… Read More