Physician sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to pill mill conviction

On February 23, 2017, Dr. Anil Sahijwani pled guilty for illegally prescribing oxycodone, Adderall and other drugs. The Florida Department of Health rescinded the medical license of the 43-year-old doctor after he was sentenced to 45 months in federal prison.

Sahijwani’s practice was at Family Medical Express Center, Inc. located in Brandon, Florida. He and some of his co-workers prescribed controlled substances to people who did not require them. These people took the medication and sold it to others in the community as single pills.

The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the situation, discovering that Sahijwani had given prescriptions to people he had not even met, as directed by his co-conspirators. He also allegedly prescribed oxycodone from his car in a parking lot in Tampa.

Lori Ellis, a real estate worker in an office across the street, said, “We saw people from behind our building going over there and then coming out, screaming, ranting and raving, their arms shaking, that they wouldn’t give them their drugs. That they had paid them money but wouldn’t give them their drugs.”

Sahijwani illegally wrote prescriptions for more than 18,000 oxycodone pills.

DEA Special Agent in Charge Adolphus P. Write says, “As law enforcement addresses the ongoing opioid crisis, it is unconscionable that a physician would be part of the Pill Mill problem that has left its indelible mark on the Tampa area and the country. DEA, and our law enforcement partners, will remain vigilant in finding these unscrupulous medical professionals and clinics and see to it that they are prosecuted accordingly.”

The Court demanded that Sahijwani surrender his DEA registration number on top of $182,266.66 and the value of his Porsche. The U.S. Department of Justice claims that this amounts to his earnings from illegal activity.