WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Williamsville-based doctor who stood accused of prescribing drugs that led to the deaths of six patients pleaded guilty Tuesday at the beginning of his trial.
Dr. Eugene Gosy pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and health care fraud. His sentencing is scheduled for May 21, when he is expected to be sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison, as agreed to by attorneys from both sides.
Gosy ran a large pain treatment center in Williamsville for years. At one time, his office had 30,000 patients.
Prosecutors say that the deaths of six patients stemmed from improperly prescribed narcotics, but those more serious charges were dropped as part of Tuesday’s plea deal.
It’s been more than five years since federal agents first raided the office of Dr. Eugene Gosy, who had been prescribing more painkillers than most hospitals in New York State.
“He was very, very good at it,” said Gosy’s attorney, Joel Daneils. “As a matter of fact, you could say he was probably the best in Westen New York. That’s why over 2000 doctors had referred their patients to Dr. Gosy for pain management.”
“It’s my view that he simply became too big and could not sort of drink from the fire hose of patients who were flooding his office,” said James P. Kennedy Jr., Uinted States Attorney for the western district of New York, who noted that Gosy’s practice grew to 30-thousand patients. “He wasn’t examining patients. he was pre-signing scripts. he was billing for services when he wasn’t even in the country.”
Since his arrest in 2016, the number of opioid deaths in Erie County has gone down steadily for many different reasons, according to Kennedy. “I’m not standing here claiming that this progress is because of this or any prosecution alone, but these prosecutions together with forward leaning treatment and prevention programs, many led by the medical community itself have produced very real results and have helped to make our community safer.”
Gosy eventually began working for Invision Health, while under supervision. He has surrendered his license to prescribe narcotics with the Drug Enforcement Administration, however it will be up to New York State to decide whether he loses his license to practice medicine.