PHYSICIAN CHARGED WITH OVER PRESCRIBING OPIOIDS
Dr. Robert W. Schorschinsky
PERSON INVOLVED: Dr. Robert W. Schorschinsky, 61 years of age
Home address: Work address:
639 Wynonah Drive Penn Family Medicine
Auburn, PA 17922 4885 Demoss Road
Reading PA 19606
- Prescribing Controlled Substances Outside Accepted Treatment Principles (20 counts)
- Obtaining Controlled Substances by Fraud or Subterfuge (3 counts)
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
This investigation concerns the medical practice of the defendant, Dr. Robert W. Schorschinsky at Penn Family Medicine, 4885 Demoss Road Suite #100 Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, 19606.
The Berks County Detectives with the assistance of the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General began an investigation into the diversion of dangerous opioid medication in late 2017.
The investigation led to the arrest of two of Dr. Schorschinky’s office staff, Heather Bailey and Stacey Delvalle, and Jorge Soler Jr. (Stacey Delvalle’s spouse) on January 8, 2019. Based on the results of the investigation, the three co-conspirators were charged with the following crimes:
- Acquisition of or Obtaining Controlled Substances by Misrepresentation, Fraud, Forgery, Deception or Subterfuge
- Possession with the intent to Deliver Controlled Substances
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Identity Theft
- Criminal Conspiracy
The on-going investigation revealed Dr. Schorschinsky’s actions directly aided the three co-conspirators in their scheme to illegally obtain opioid medication for street sales. The aid came in the form of his intentional and reckless prescribing practices. This included a pattern of over-prescribing opioid medication and pre-signing prescriptions that were illegally used by the group to pass to Berks County area pharmacies to obtain opioid pills. The co-conspirators were able to obtain at least 6218 doses of opioid pills. The street value of these pills is approximately $125,000.
The investigation continued into Dr. Robert W. Schorschinsky’s practice. On May 23, 2018, search warrants were obtained for Penn Family Medicine office for records pertaining to the ordering and dispensing of controlled substances. The seized records were analyzed by an expert in treatment and prescribing practices of physicians. The expert reviewed patient’s charts, including any diagnosis and treatment administered by Dr. Schorschinsky.
In each case reviewed, the expert found that Dr. Schorschinsky was prescribing opioid medication outside of accepted treatment principles and prescribing practices. Additionally, there were instances of dangerous and potentially lethal drug combinations of drugs being prescribed. The expert determined that the patients were being prescribed 288% to 800% higher dosages of controlled substances than the maximum recommended dosage limits set by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED).
The Berks County Detectives and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office are working with the Pennsylvania Department of State regarding the present and future licensing of Dr. Robert Schorschinsky. Additionally, any former or present patient of the practice should without hesitation consult another physician regarding the treatment administered by Penn Family Medicine.
On September 12, 2019, Dr. Schorschinsky surrendered to Detectives without incident. He was taken to the Berks County Sheriff’s Central Processing Center for processing and arraignment. Bail was set at $250,000. He remains on bail awaiting further court action.
“The opioid, heroin, and fentanyl epidemic is devastating Pennsylvania communities and taking 12 Pennsylvanian lives per day,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “We know that a root cause of addiction is overprescribing—4 out of every 5 heroin users starts with prescription drugs. Despite knowing full well the severity of this crisis and despite his responsibility to protect the health and wellbeing of his patients, the defendant is charged with overprescribing opioids and aiding a massive diversion scheme. I’m proud to work with our law enforcement partners in Berks County to put an end to these dangerous practices and hold accountable anyone who threatens the lives of Pennsylvanians with reckless prescribing practices.”
This is an on-going investigation. Any past or present patients with information are encouraged to contact the Berks County Detectives at 610-478-7171.
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.