A lawsuit alleges that over the course of 13 months Dr. David Greuner prescribed more than 1,300 doses of Demerol and Dialuded to a well-to-do businesswoman. Chris Glorioso reports. (Published Thursday, May 12, 2016)
I-Team: ‘Most Beautiful’ Doctor Accused of Selling Opioids
A lawsuit alleges that over the course of 13 months Dr. David Greuner prescribed more than 1,300 doses of Demerol and Dilauded to a well-to-do businesswoman
May 12, 2016 – A surgeon once named among “The Most Beautiful Doctors in America” has been accused of plying a former patient with “massive amounts of opiates” and charging her as much as $7,000 a day for multiple doses of highly addictive painkillers, according to a suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
A $3 million malpractice suit filed by Maria Angeles Liberatore alleges that Dr. David Greuner, a cardiovascular surgeon who frequently makes TV appearances, turned his prescription pad into a cash machine, dosing her with almost 1,300 shots of Demerol and Dilauded, powerful opioids used to treat pain.
The lawsuit alleges that over the course of 13 months — mostly in 2011 — Greuner prescribed almost 700 shots of Demerol and more than 500 shots of Dilauded for Liberatore, a well-to-do businesswoman who became dependent on painkillers after a car crash in the 1980s.
But the suit alleges that after Liberatore met Greuner her dependency accelerated and that she required multiple daily doses of injectable Demerol – a drug that the FDA recommends should only be used to treat acute episodes of moderate to severe pain — at a cost of nearly a $250,000 over the course of a year.
A pharmacy record submitted in the lawsuit also shows that Greuner prescribed Liberatore several hundred tablets of Methadone, a drug typically used to fight addiction to heroin and other narcotics.
“She was trying to get help from a doctor, that’s what you’re supposed to do,” said James Stricker, an attorney who represents Liberatore.