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Subject: Doctor Michael Cozzi
From: RICH SNOW (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 10:14 AM
To whom it may concern I was a patient of Dr. Cozzi's for over three years. He was the best Dr. I ever had. He took the time to listen to me and to address my problems. He has helped my pain better than any doctor I ever had. Before you pass final judgment on this man you should talk to his patients that he had the longest. No one has contacted me or even asked how I was treated. How can you judge a man without all the facts?
Dr. Michael Cozzi
lindacheekmd | March 26, 2016 | Doctor charged | 16 Comments
On March 22, 2016, Dr. Michael A. Cozzi, the owner of FW Interventional Pain Management in Fort Wayne, was arrested after around 30 vehicles of federal drug agents raided his properties as a helicopter circled overhead.
I would say that is just a little bit of overkill. The raid was followed up with a petition by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller to the state’s Medical Licensing Board to suspend Cozzi’s medical license for alleged “dangerous controlled substance prescribing.”
Really? Does that really warrant the manpower and cost of the raid? This just goes to show that the War Against Doctors is a big moneymaker. Big enough to float that many salaries for law enforcement personnel. They sure don’t turn out that kind of force against the man on the street corner selling cocaine or meth. In my area the law knows what the street pushers are doing, but just ignore it.
In a press release, the attorney general’s office said Cozzi prescribed more controlled substances than any other prescriber in Indiana between January 2014 and February 2016, including some 2 million doses of Oxycodone and 1.2 million doses of hydrocodone. From January to February 2016, he prescribed controlled substances to about 1,700 patients, and saw 90-100 patients a day.
That could be just the result of a conscientious doctor trying to serve as many people as he could, because no one else was willing. When you work the numbers, that is 4 pills per patient per day, which is well under the therapeutic levels for both oxycodone and hydrocodone.
A DEA investigation found that at least three of Cozzi’s patients died due to complications from the prescribed drug use, the attorney general’s office said. One victim received 50 prescriptions for controlled substances from six different providers in the last year, 35 written by Cozzi.
Three patients out of 1700 is 0.1%. I think cardiologists have a worse percentage than that. Why aren’t they being arrested? Or let’s take it out of the medical realm altogether. I bet lawyers that take care of lawsuits involving injury have a worse client loss rate. Why aren’t we arresting them?
Also according to the petition, pharmacies have refused to fill prescriptions written by Cozzi over concerns that they lacked legal and medical justifications.
My guess is the pharmacies were approached by the government agents. And since pharmacists can be charged as well as doctors, they quit out of self-protection, not because they thought Dr. Cozzi was doing anything wrong.
Investigators also interviewed several staff members at Cozzi’s office who claimed he was verbally abusive and sexually harassed patients and employees. Some of Cozzi’s former female patients reported that Cozzi touched them inappropriately and asked them to perform sexual acts in his office.
And the key word here is “former”. Patients that have been dismissed from the practice are always disgruntled and will say anything they can to make it look like it was the doctor’s fault. Sexual harassment is an easy charge to make.
They also told investigators that in order for Cozzi to see up to 100 patients a day, medical charts and prescriptions were sometimes prepared before patients even went to the office to reduce the amount of time each patient would require.
Sounds like good planning on his part. Chronic pain visits can be started in a CPR and simply note the patient responses at the time of the visit. Visits are pretty standard. That’s not the sign of a bad doctor, but a prepared one.
The paper continued at the end with an incriminating statement: “Cozzi has a criminal past. In 2014, he was arrested on domestic battery and strangulation charges after police said he beat and strangled a woman over an argument about how the school system was “feminizing their son.” The charges were ultimately dropped.
So if the charges were dropped, why is it being reported as a “criminal past”? Or why is it being reported at all? Sounds like the press in this case definitely wants to indemnify Dr. Cossi as much as possible.
Dr. Cozzi has had his medical license suspended for 90 days for an investigation. Usually the doctor doesn’t get it back when this happens. So now 1700 people are forced to the street to treat their pain. I bet more than 4 deaths occur as a result of that.
Please keep us posted with the aftermath of this abuse of power
Pamela Williams April 25, 2016
It appears the time has come that “WE THE PEOPLE” take a stand. Whatever happened to RIGHT TO PRIVACY. Such as our medical records. Whatever happened to a Dr. deciding the best treatment and medicine for each individual patient. I was, and WOULD be a patient of Dr Cozzi. I was treated with concern, care, respect and [most importantly KNOWLEDGE. The GOVERNMENT tells the family Dr they can no longer give out pain meds. so you have to go to a pain management DR. which in return the GOVERNMENT goes after!!!! Leaving sick desperately ill people without proper Medical care nor Medication. In return, in desperation they go to the street, to find relief and/or help which is HEROIN, with it comes HIV, hep c, murder, robberies, addiction ultimately death. Is this some new form of population control?!? The real problems lie on the street corners, which no one seems to concern about. Heroin use is on the rise along with it comes HIV, HEP C and who knows what else. New street drugs enter the street market daily. Where is the DEA, law enforcement, GOVERNMENT agencies? Where is the man power taking these DRUG DEALERS down, they are the ones that kill. I live in AMERICA where it ONCE WAS SAID was a free country, where the government did what was best for the PEOPLE. No longer do the people count. A system has been put into play that any pain doctor doing his/her job has a target on his/her back. Looks like a set up. The time has come for WE THE PEOPLE to remind the government that misuse of power will not be tolerated in a free country. I have bare witness to this misuse of power. I was a pt of Doctor M. Cozzi, he was, is the best doctor I have ever had. I am a 3 time Cancer survivor so I have had my share of Dr’s, It was Dr Cozzi that found my advance Lupus, found the reason I was tired, loosing my hair and in so much pain. He found I had a rare form of arthritis. Sorry my OTHER Dr’s did NOT take the time to discover, now my lupus has advanced and the odds are not good. I can not get out of bed due to the pain. My husband has to help uncurl my hands every morning…..so they can label me as a addict cause I do need my pain meds to have some quality of life. The NEWS spoke only to the patients that had been dismissed, rather one sided, spoke to the staff that had been fired for treating patients badly, stealing, failing to do they’re job correctly. If Dr Cozzi raised his voice, it was because he cared and you were not doing what you were told. IT IS TIME ALL THESE RESOURCES BE PUT TO PROPER USE. Get the street drugs off the streets protect our children. When was the last time we saw a big bust of street drugs in the news? Makes you wonder……SPEAK UP AMERICA BEFORE ITS TO LATE!!!! AFTER ALL IT IS ELECTION TIME...........
If you would like to know the truth about Dr Cozzi, I was a patient I would be happy to tell you about him as well as answer all your questions. I also know several more of Dr Cozz’s pts that would love the chance to be heard. As far as the number of pts, he ran such a tight ship, that 1 out of three of the original pts were dismissed due to failing to met requirements. That this year alone he has discharged over 500 due to not meeting state guide lines. I witnesses the one lady that spoke so harshly about him. She had illegal drugs in her and NOT her prescribed medication.I know this because I heard her in the hallway shut out I don't have __ or ----in me and saw her act out as being escorted out. Yes Dr Cozzi yelled out he was trying to get her out of the office and she called him everything but Mr. Every human being can only take so much verbal abuse, myself included. One will raise ones voice in self defense. Yet she accused him of misconduct.
The FORMER employee, well, I was there when she was removed, Dr Cozzi patients payments, had been self appointed, as part of her pay. As a matter of fact other nurses and office staff monitored her to make sure she REALLY was the ONE stealing. I wonder if she has a deal worked out for saying the things she said. He did follow thru with jail and prosecuting. GOOD reporting is getting both sides of the story through numerous sources and finding the truth in the middle. So sad no one did they’re job. I would be apt to look into a slander suit if only to get the truth out. Dr Cozzi WOULD not give medication without confirming your problems, you had to have test. Try other forms of treatment. Even with medication we still had to try shots, physical therapy and other medications. Not just CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. Compared to other pain Doctors, Cozzi saw EVERY ONE of his pts. He did not have a nurse practitioner fill in. Did not see pts. first visit and have Nurse Practitioner's take over after that. Did not go off on vacation and stay out of office. He was in the office if the office was opened, as a matter of fact his personal cell number was posted on the wall so if we had questions and/or problems we had a direct link to him. In this day and age tell me what DR cares about his pts that much, Please email me and I will gladly give you my number as well answer your questions. And share with you other patients that are wanting to get the truth out.
By the way, did you do the math.....If Dr Cozzi saw as many pts as they say and wrote as many pills as they say....that comes to 3.8 pills per patient per day. Not what I would call over prescribing
Also dismissed pts as well as the number of pills they received were not deducted from numbers you were given.
Thank you for your time,
I hope you have the courage to do the right thing
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On May 26th at 8:30am Dr Cozzi will appear before Indiana Medical License Board please join us in supporting Dr M Cozzi by being at: 402 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis Indiana room W072
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