Quad City area doctor hit with 95 federal drug charges
A federal grand jury has indicted a Muscatine doctor on 95 federal charges, accused of illegally dispensing prescription drugs to female patients in exchange for sexual favors.
Dr. David Gierlus appeared in federal court in Davenport on Monday, and plead not guilty to all charges. He arrived at the courthouse with his wife and defense attorney, Jeff Lang.
Gierlus was indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month, and charged with 95 counts of distributing six different types of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.
The long list of charges involve dispensing Oxycodone, Morphine, Hydrocodone, Adderall, Phentermine and Alprazolam, “not for a legitimate medical purpose and outside the scope of professional practice.”
The new charges date back to 2008. Court documents originally filed in the case last year alleged the family practitioner wrote hundreds of prescriptions in exchange for sexual encounters with several patients, who in some cases, say they sold the drugs on the street to make money.
A trial date was set for April 16th. Dr. Gierlus has voluntarily agreed not to see patients until the case is resolved.