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Dentist to pay $150,000 to settle charges of mishandling drugs, including her own overdose

The dentist, Pranathi V. Reddy, is also barred from prescribing opioids for at least four years, under an agreement with federal prosecutors.

This file photo shows 5mg pills of Oxycodone.
This file photo shows 5mg pills of Oxycodone.Read moreKeith Srakocic / AP

A Bucks County dentist has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle federal allegations of mishandling opioids, including diverting drugs for her own use, resulting in an overdose.

Besides the payment, Pranathi V. Reddy of Morrisville is barred from purchasing, prescribing, or dispensing Schedule II opioids for at least four years and will have to submit to monitoring, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams said in a statement.

Williams said the allegations included an instance in October 2018 in which Reddy was hospitalized for an overdose after taking drugs intended for her dental practice.

The settlement also resolves allegations that from June 2017 through November 2018, she failed to maintain various records of the controlled substances she used in her practice.

Williams’ statement noted that the claims resolved by the settlement were only allegations and that there has been no determination of liability.