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California doctor convicted of murder over deaths of three patients by overdose

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5913 (Published 03 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5913
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

A California doctor has been convicted of second degree murder for overprescribing drugs that caused fatal overdoses in three of her patients. Prosecutors said it was the first time in the United States that a doctor had been convicted for murder for overprescribing drugs.

A jury of 10 women and two men handed down the verdict in Los Angeles County Superior Court on 30 October, finding the doctor, Hsiu Ying “Lisa” Tseng, 45, guilty of 23 counts, including 19 counts of prescribing …

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