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Ohio doctor is charged with 25 counts of murder over patients’ deaths

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 11 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4170
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

An intensive care physician in Columbus, Ohio, has been charged with 25 counts of murder, accused of prescribing lethal doses of fentanyl to critically ill patients in his care.

William Husel, 43, turned himself in for arrest and was later released on a $1m bond. He faces 25 charges of second degree murder, each with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Husel was fired from his job at Mount Carmel Health System in December, after an internal inquiry found 35 cases in which he prescribed excessive doses, of which 29 were potentially fatal. Although most of his alleged victims were already near death, six might potentially have survived …

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