Federal Court Bans Grand Rapids Physician From Prescribing Controlled Substances, Orders Civil Judgment Over Fake Opioid Prescriptions | USAO-WDMI

BIG RAPIDS – David D. Sova, DO, of Grand Rapids reached a settlement with the United States in which he accepted a court order never to prescribe controlled substances. Under the terms of the consent decree entered into by U.S. District Court Judge Jane M. Beckering, Dr. Sova is also ordered to pay $170,000 in civil penalties to resolve U.S. allegations that he tampered with prescriptions opioids for his own use.

In its civil complaint, the United States alleges that Dr. Sova issued prescriptions for controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice in violation of the Controlled Substances Act. Specifically, the United States alleges that Dr. Sova issued prescriptions for the opioids oxycodone and hydrocodone allegedly written for one of his patients. However, this patient never received these prescriptions, as Dr. Sova arranged for them to be filled and retrieved for his personal use.

“The responsibility to protect against the diversion of controlled substances rests with the supplier,” said U.S. Attorney Mark A. Totten. “When a physician breaks the rules and diverts controlled substances for his own use, he cannot be responsible for prescribing controlled substances to others and must face the legal consequences of his own misconduct. My office will continue to work with the DEA and state law enforcement to enforce controlled substance prescription laws.

“Health and dental professionals must not abuse the privilege of prescribing controlled substances,” said Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Orville Greene, Detroit Field Division. “The DEA will continue to work with all levels of law enforcement to investigate allegations of illegal prescription.”

This case was investigated by the DEA and the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew J. Hull represented the United States.

The Complaint and Consent Judgment in this case can be viewed on the Court’s online docket at United States vs. Sova#1:22-cv-658 (WD Mich.).

The claims resolved by the Consent Decree are allegations only and there has been no determination of liability.


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