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Doctor who says he’s patient advocate charged in pill probe

August 21, 2019 GMT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio doctor who has been a critic of the crackdown on opioid pills for chronic pain patients is now charged with illegally prescribing hundreds of thousands of pain pills.

Federal prosecutors announced the charges Wednesday against Dr. William Bauer of Port Clinton.

They say Bauer since 2007 has prescribed thousands of doses of powerful painkillers without a legitimate medical purpose.

A call to Bauer’s phone went unanswered.

Bauer has portrayed himself as an advocate for patients who need legitimate pain treatment, saying they’re being hurt by moves to stop them from receiving large amounts of opioid pain pills.

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He told the Sandusky Register in March that he has been fighting the state medical board and regulators because they don’t understand that some patients rely on the large doses.