An advocate for doctors who prescribe medication to relieve chronic pain filed a complaint with the Justice Department alleging prosecutorial misconduct by a Kansas Assistant U.S. Attorney, The Associated Press reported.
Siobhan Reynolds, president of the Santa Fe, N.M.-based Pain Relief Network, says she’s a target in a probe of a Kansas doctor. She filed her complaint against Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Treadway Friday, The Kansas City Star reported. She told the AP that her complaint was referred to the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility.
“Ms. Treadway’s conduct in the case has been nothing short of shocking and ruthless; she has in fact displayed the kind of ‘win at all costs’ mentality that you have publicly stated your department will no longer tolerate,” Reynolds wrote in her June 18 letter to Holder according to The Star.
The Kansas U.S. Attorney’s Office would not specifically comment on the case to news outlets and would not confirm if the complaint was filed.
“Our attorneys are dedicated to performing their duties in accordance with the highest professional standards,” Jim Cross, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office, told The Star. “I think we welcome any questions, direction or assistance from the Office of Professional Responsibility.”
The Pain Relief Network president has not complied with subpoena requests for correspondence between her organization and Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, who were charged in December 2007 for illegally prescribing painkillers that led to patient deaths and overbilling for services at their Wichita-area clinic, The Star reported.
Reynold’s organization is against what it considers federal efforts to limit chronic pain treatment. It has helped the Schneiders prepare their case.
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