If he charged a $100 office visit fee for each prescription he wrote, that is
over $2,000,000 in just 5 years, or over #30,000 per month of your and my
insurance and tax dollars. And that is just for this part of his practice. I
think his motivation is very clear--high profit for little work.
"I am not a criminal, and I am not a drug dealer," the doctor said
Monday in U.S. District Court.You illegally sold controlled
substances, so yes - you are a criminal and yes, you are a drug dealer.Someone died because of his actions - 20 years is not too long.@rpm9: The doctor created the situation and did nothing to protect his
victims. He was the professional. He was the one with the training, he was the
one who knew better.His actions were driven by greed, not by concern
for the people he was serving.Locking him away for 20 years will
protect society from him.
We talk about him breaking the law, but what about the responsibility of the
so-called victims? The alleged crime was consensual - no one forced the
"victims" to take the pills they were described. Do we not all have a
responsibility to know what we are taking in to our bodies, and a responsibility
for the consequences?This conviction demonstrates a cop-out by
society- a failure to accept that the individual is responsible for their
actions. Yes, doctors have special training in order to give advice on what
medication may be best, but we are ultimately responsible for any course of
healing, including a medication regimen. If we continue to deny the
individual responsibility for their own choices, we will continue to lose our
freedom. Civil rights are being decimated by the so-called war on drugs.Why 20 years? What do we, the people, gain from this sentence besides a
$100K+/year bill? When a rapist, murderers or pedophile is locked away for 20
years, we are protected from that person. This doctor lost his
license with the conviction - he can no longer prescribe pills? Is $100k/year a
good price for the taxpayer to pay so we can feel good about the doctor paying
for his crimes? It seems more accurate to say that we, the people, are paying
for his crimes, at $100K/year for 20 years.
Twenty years is 'too much'?The victim is dead forever.
It sounds like he missed the boat to Florida. Hopefully this will prevent the
problem from becoming as bad here as it is there.
Speaking as a doctor/bishop wife...my husband went to great lengths to avoid
even the appearance of wrongdoing when prescribing narcotics. He was incredibly
sensitive to anyone in legitimate pain and took care of those people promptly
and with compassion. But he was obsessively careful when the stories were
suspicious. Even under threat by "patients," he wouldn't prescribe
for those "shopping" for drugs. This Dr. Mackay knew
better than prescribe those drugs en masse and he also knew how to take care of
his own health...he grossly mishandled both. Twenty years, excessive? Maybe.
But he broke the law and was convicted. My heart goes out to his
family and friends.
What I'm curious about is, what did he get in return for what he did? It would
appear that he wrote out many of the perscriptions without even an office visit.
What was his motive?
While I think the sentence is excessive for the crime, I would like to compare
his sentence with that given to the last 50 people convicted of selling illegal
drugs in Utah.Especially any that are illegal aliens. Are they
getting 20 years in federal prison too?
*Study shows Utah a leading state in painkiller deaths By Geoffrey Fattah
DSNews 11/02/11 According to a study released Tuesday by the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Utah ranks fourth in the nation for
the rate of fatal painkiller overdoses, ahead of Nevada, West Virginia and New
He was found guilty. Put him in jail.
He belongs in prison; that's where we put drug dealers.
many people think only ill of him and may not know the facts. I dont know them
all ether but I work in a hospital and the climate is cold blooded and not as
carring of the pain people are in. I have seen finger degloving and a doctor
cutting the patient off after 2 weeks and I know that patients pain wil go on
much longer than that. chronic pain patients good luck getting anything. until
you have been in a lot of pain you dont get it. you have to be dieing to get
real pain medication. some over do the pain meds and many more under do it. we
treat pets better.
Believe it or not, they do provide health care for inmates in prison. This man,
who was convicted of many counts of illegal dealing in drugs, needs to spend
time in prison. The fact that he has done some good for the community does not
negate the fact that he also did great harm. He broke the law and was
convicted. It puzzles me that Rep. Rob Bishop and others think this man should
get some kind of 'get out of jail free' card. I hope the judge sends him
straight to prison.
House arrest like the Fed gave Barry Bonds seems very appropriate. If in fact he is that ill, why make the taxpayers take care of him, let him
stay at home, and pay his own medical bills.
His health didn't stop him from breaking the law and now they are asking to
leave a convicted pill pushing doctor free, because of his health. I for one
would like to know why didn't he think about his health when for 5 years had the
highest dispence pill in the state. He is no better than a drug dealer and maybe
he needs to go to prison for the time he is sentence for they have a fedral
hospital/ prison in Missouri, put him there. All the good he's done I think not,
he wasn't following god's law, by breaking the law. I know I may sound cold
hearted, but it's what I believe if you can't do the time don't do the crime. I
hope the judge doesn't leave him out while on appeal, I hope they send him right
to prison, get convicted on lost of a human life and drug charges and wants a
free pass on starting his time in prison, I think not.