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Northport Doc Accused of Pocketing Cash for Oxycodone Prescriptions

An allergy specialist turned himself into the DEA Thursday on charges of illegally distributing highly addictive controlled substances.

A Northport doctor was arrested Thursday morning after he surrendered himself to Drug Enforcement Agency agents on charges stemming from alleged offenses including intentionally distributing highly addictive controlled substances including oxycodone, methadone and fentanyl without a legitimate medical purpose. 

According to an affidavit signed by DEA Special Agent Anton Kohut, an investigation revealed that Dr. Carmine Mandarano, 61, of Northport, who has a practice in East Islip, was allegedly pocketing cash from patients in exchange for prescriptions for highly addictive prescription drugs.

Kohut, who interviewed Mandarano’s patients, said that he continued to prescribe oxycodone and other addictive substances, while knowing his patients were being treated for opiate addiction.

Records obtained from the New York State Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement showed that

Between 2010 and 2012, Mandarano was found to have written prescriptions for more than 308,000 oxycodone pills, which according to the DEA, is an extremely high number for a single family practitioner, especially one that has a self-described specialty in asthma, allergies and smoking cessation.

Mandarano faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted. He will have an initial court appearance Thursday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lindsay in U.S. District Court, Central Islip. 

Cat Stevens December 12, 2013 at 03:13 PM
308,000 pills? Where's the oversight? Lock this "doctor" up.
Phil Morizio December 12, 2013 at 07:02 PM
is the Doctor a he or a she? The article bounces back and forth describing the doc as he then she... just wondering
jay schmit December 12, 2013 at 08:22 PM
This article is full of BS. Do the math Cat Stevens and you will find over a 3 year period that amount isn't abnormal for a physician. Oh yeah, how convenient they left out that he's a board certified internist and a specialist in Suboxone treatment who is extremely dedicated to the well being of his patients and those who have a dependency. I suggest you hold off on judgement until all the facts surface.
liberal December 13, 2013 at 06:01 PM
hey jayare u a junkie
skay December 14, 2013 at 03:23 AM
no one is judging his dedication to his patients. He is accused of selling scripts of pain killers for cash. Face it, your highly dedicated friend is a dirt bag. If guilty, hopefully he gets substantial punishment as there is a large problem of prescription drug abuse...
liberal December 14, 2013 at 08:24 AM
the man is a drug dealer give him10years good bye
jay schmit December 14, 2013 at 05:09 PM
This doctor never sold scripts and the headline of this article is incorrect. He was accused for accepting cash/checks from his Suboxone patients. Which by the way is what every doctor who prescribes them does.

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