On May 4, 2012, Michael A. Patterson, a psychiatrist in Memphis, Tennessee, was found guilty of federal charges of unlawfully distributing prescription drugs.
Patterson was indicted earlier on 38 counts of improperly distributing controlled substances such as Oxycontin, Percocet, Adderall, Lortab and others. He pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawfully distributing 90 oxycodone or Oxycontin tablets by writing prescriptions for no legitimate medical purpose and also unlawfully distributing 60 hydrocodone tablets.
Patterson will be sentenced August 17, 2012. His Tennessee medical license was revoked in 1994 for drug violations and was revoked again last March due to his relapse into chemical dependency.
Source: Lawrence Buser, “Doctor pleads guilty in prescribing drugs,” The Commercial Appeal, May 4, 2012 and Minutes, Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners, March 22 and 23, 2011.