Doctor charged with murder again
New Carlisle doctor charged in illegal drug sales
Government alleges Dr. David Fischer prescribed pain relievers,
including Oxycontin, for no medical purpose.
By MATTHEW S. GALBRAITH
Tribune Staff Writer
SOUTH BEND -- A New Carlisle doctor faces a federal detention hearing
today after being charged with 10 counts related to the illegal
distribution of controlled substances, including the narcotic pain
Dr. David Fischer, who runs a family medical practice at 229 W.
Chestnut St., is charged with eight counts of illegally dispensing
controlled substances and two counts of making false statements in
connection with the payment of health care benefits.
Substances that he allegedly prescribed illegally are Oxycontin,
Demerol, morphine, methadone and APAP/Oxycodone, according to the
criminal complaint. They are all associated with pain management and
An arrest warrant was issued Friday, and Fischer made an initial
appearance Monday before U.S. Magistrate Christopher A. Nuechterlein.
The government is seeking to keep Fischer in custody pending trial.
Charles Wahl, a diversion investigator with the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration, filed an affidavit saying Fischer was investigated
after a pharmacist expressed concerns to state police about the
general practitioner's prescribing habits.
A confidential informant and two undercover officers participated in
the probe, which lasted about 11 months and led to searches of
Fischer's office and residence, Wahl said.
Fischer made statements to investigators in which he acknowledged
writing fraudulent prescriptions, Wahl stated. Fischer reportedly
told investigators that he had financial problems, but things were
starting to improve at his medical clinic.
Wahl gave the following account of the investigation by local and
After the initial complaint about Fischer, the LaPorte Metro
Operations interviewed an individual who had been a patient of
Fischer and later an employee of his medical clinic.
The unidentified informant told authorities of being addicted to
Demerol, which was obtained using presigned prescription slips from
The source reported that many of Fischer's patients were drug addicts
and some of them were selling the drugs prescribed by Fischer, who
reportedly was aware of the activity, according to the affidavit.
The source also claimed to have smoked marijuana with Fischer that
allegedly was supplied by another patient.
Another office employee reported that an increasing number of
Fischer's patients were obtaining prescriptions for controlled
substances for vague and generalized pains, Wahl stated. Symptoms
included muscle spasms and lower back pain.
An insurance provider's report in March indicated that Fischer had an
unusually high percentage of prescriptions for controlled substances,
The undercover officers began seeing Fischer as "patients" in June of
last year. One was able to get prescriptions for Oxycontin with
A search warrant served at Fischer's residence turned up vials of
Demerol and Diazepam, marijuana and used syringes.
Staff writer Matthew S. Galbraith: