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State questions doctor after 10 patients die of overdoses

(Russellville, Arkansas-AP) June 24, 2006 - An Arkansas doctor is being investigated by the state's medical board after 10 of his patients died from lethal mixtures of drugs or overdoses of prescription medicines.

The board has accused the Russellville physician of prescribing excessive amounts of controlled substances to patients he knew or should have known had histories of drug abuse. Doctor Randeep Mann's license was temporarily suspended in April until a July sixth hearing.

The board could revoke Mann's license if it decides his care constituted "grossly negligent or ignorant malpractice."

Mann's attorney says the issue wasn't the doctor's prescriptions, but the patients' abuse of the drugs.

But an attorney for the medical board says the doctor was aware of his patients' histories of drug addiction and abuse.

Posted 9:30pm by Chantelle Janelle

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