Brigham City doctor sentenced to 20 years in prison

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  • pburt Logan, UT
    Dec. 20, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    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.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 20, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    "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.

  • rpm9 Lehi, UT
    Dec. 20, 2011 8:17 a.m.

    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.

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Dec. 20, 2011 7:57 a.m.

    Twenty years is 'too much'?
    The victim is dead forever.

  • Radically Moderate SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    It sounds like he missed the boat to Florida. Hopefully this will prevent the problem from becoming as bad here as it is there.

  • Legal? Saint George, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 5:56 p.m.

    Speaking as a doctor/bishop 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.

  • Keith43 Springville, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    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?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    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?

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    *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 Mexico.

  • Once Upon A Time Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 19, 2011 1:05 p.m.

    He was found guilty. Put him in jail.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    He belongs in prison; that's where we put drug dealers.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    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.

  • Ok Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 19, 2011 12:05 p.m.

    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.

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    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.

  • Trooper55 Williams, AZ
    Dec. 19, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    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.