Doctor agrees to resolve drug act violations

Harrisburg
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A central Pennsylvania doctor has agreed to pay $45,000 to settle allegations he violated the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Dr. Robert Ettlinger, who formerly practiced in Millersburg, prescribed Schedule II opioid medications for no legitimate medical purpose, U.S. Attorney David Freed’s office said.

A DEA investigation found Ettlinger wrote 185 opioid prescriptions to six patients outside the usual course of his professional practice between 2013 and 2015.

Freed said Ettlinger, 63, cooperated with the investigation. He said the settlement resolves the matter without litigation and is not an admission of liability.

As part of the settlement, Ettlinger agreed to comply with heightened compliance requirements for prescribing controlled substances.

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