How will this play out when physician-assisted suicide becomes law in the state? (Gov. Brown signed the bill during a Special Session which won’t end until January 2016. At that date, the 4th, the bill will become law.)
Prosecutors said Dr. Tseng had been notified that nine of her patients, mostly young men in their 20s and 30s, had died.
Still, prosecutors said she continued to prescribe opioids, muscle relaxants and anti-anxiety medications in massive quantities.
“I know this is going to kill them, but I don’t care because I have a business to run,” Deputy District Attorney John Niedermann said during trial. “Something is wrong with what you’re doing if your patients are dying.”
Tseng also wrote pain prescriptions without examining the patients, failed to keep medical records and did not change her prescribing practices even after the coroner called to notify her that multiple patients had died, according to prosecutors.