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Division of Consumer Affairs
Press Release

Attorney General
Anne Milgram
Division of Consumer Affairs, Director
David Szuchman
   
For Immediate Release:
June 16, 2009
For Further Information Contact:
Jeff Lamm, 973-504-6327
 
Jersey City Dentist Faces Loss of License
For Providing Prescription Drugs to His Girlfriend

NEWARK - A Jersey City dentist who allegedly prescribed Controlled Dangerous Substances to his girlfriend, who was not a patient of his, faces the suspension or revocation of his license to practice dentistry, under a Complaint filed with the state Board of Dentistry by Attorney General Anne Milgram.

Gary S. Schneiderman, a Livingston resident, allegedly issued prescriptions for Oxycodone, Oxycontin and/or Percocet to his girlfriend. In addition to writing specific prescriptions, Dr. Schneiderman also is accused of giving and providing access to blank prescriptions to his girlfriend, which he knew she would use to obtain additional CDS. Dr. Schneiderman compounded his illegality by using the prescription pad of another dentist to avoid detection.

Schneiderman allegedly wrote at least 65 prescription blanks totaling 1,880 dosage units of Percocet and 13 dosage units of Oxycontin for his girlfriend. Each of these medications is a highly addictive, Schedule II narcotic pain reliever.

"The misuse of prescription pain killers endangers the public," Attorney General Milgram said. "Dr. Schneiderman violated the trust placed in him as a member of the medical community. He cannot be allowed to remain in practice."

The State also is seeking the assessment of civil penalties against Schneiderman and the reimbursement of its investigative and legal costs.

The Enforcement Bureau within the Division of Consumer Affairs conducted the investigation of this matter.

"We will investigate allegations of professional misconduct and of actions which violate the regulations enacted by our licensing boards," said David Szuchman, Consumer Affairs Director. "Licensees who violate our laws and regulations will be held accountable."

Deputy Attorney General David M. Puteska is representing the State in this matter.

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