William Husel, a former doctor at Mount Carmel Health System, is accused of giving "excessive" and "potentially fatal" doses of fentanyl to dozens of patients, all of whom subsequently died. Husel was fired from the hospital in December 2018, and several families have filed wrongful death lawsuits against Husel and the hospital. He faces 25 counts of murder, with a trial set for June 2020.
Mount Carmel Health System says the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid cleared its pharmaceutical services of deficiencies but identified further problems with the hospital's "physical environment."
Experts often blame illicit fentanyl for skyrocketing overdose deaths among illegal drug users. Now a series of deaths at an Ohio hospital is raising questions about oversight in prescribing pharmaceutical fentanyl.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost will litigate hearings for 25 nurses cited by the Ohio Board of Nursing for their involvement in what Mount Carmel Health System calls "excessive" dosing of dozens of patients.
Twenty-four civil lawsuits have now been filed against Mount Carmel Health System and fired doctor William Husel since news broke that Husel gave "excessive" doses of pain medication to dozens of his patients.
Mount Carmel Health System now says at least 35 patients were impacted by “excessive” doses of painkillers under the care of fired doctor William Husel, and that there may have been opportunities for conditions of five patients to improve.
The State Medical Board of Ohio voted Wednesday to issue a citation to William Husel, which states that he could be disciplined for ordering "excessive" doses of pain medication for at least 34 patients at Mount Carmel Health System.