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Doctor Convicted in Pill-Mill Case

A Fort Lauderdale doctor has been convicted for his role in a South Florida pill mill operation.

Dr. Thomas Rodenberg, one of seven doctors swept up in the three-year probe, was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, illegally delivering controlled substances, and trafficking prescription pain killers, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. 
 
A total of 11 people were arrested following the investigation of Pompano Beach Medical Corp.

Also, a Ruskin doctor has been accused of medical malpractice, two years after the death of a patient and close friend. Gary Lazar’s died not from disease, but a mix of three painkillers prescribed by Dr. Betty Jo Carter, according to the Tampa Bay Times (paywall alert).

The Florida Department of Health said Carter violated doctor-patient relationship boundaries and was not trained to properly provide end-of-life care.

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