Doctor charged with murdering 25 patients with fentanyl

A critical care doctor in Ohio has been charged with murdering 25 patients by allegedly ordering fatal doses of pain medication.

William Husel, 43, formerly a physician at Mount Carmel Health in Columbus, pleaded not guilty to all counts at a bail hearing on Wednesday after turning himself in to police.

His bond was set at $1m. Each murder count carries a sentence of 15 years to life.

Dr Husel is charged with 25 murders
Image: Dr Husel is charged with 25 murders

The deaths are alleged to have taken place between February 2015 and November 2018 and involved the synthetic opioid fentanyl, said to be 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine.

The investigation into Dr Husel began after a lawyer representing Mount Carmel contacted prosecutors after concerns were raised about his actions by another member of staff.

Ed Lamb, president and CEO of Mount Carmel Health System said: “Following the discovery of the actions of Dr. Husel, we notified appropriate authorities, including law enforcement.

“We have shared information with them and will continue to fully cooperate throughout their investigation.

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“Mount Carmel has made and will continue to implement meaningful changes throughout our system to ensure events like these never happen again.”

Mount Carmel is being sued by the families of some of the victims
Image: Mount Carmel is being sued by the families of some of the victims

At a news conference on Wednesday Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said the inquiry had been focused on cases in which 500 micrograms or more of fentanyl had been prescribed.

“The expert witnesses that we talked to said, to a certainty, that a dosage at that level could not support any legitimate medical purpose and a dosage at that level would cause someone’s death,” O’Brien said.

Police Chief Tom Quinlan said that around 7 December 2018, detectives had received information that “numerous patients” had died while being treated by Husel while he was at Mount Carmel Health.

“This breach of a doctor’s oath is vile and worthy of today’s actions — and that begins the process of holding this killer criminally accountable,” he said.

Source: SKY NEWS

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