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Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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Doctor Charged with Multiple Counts of Illegal Presciptions

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office today charged defendant Dr Carol Jessop with four felony counts of unlawful prescription of a controlled substance, two felony counts of providing prescription of a controlled substance to an addicted person, three misdemeanor counts of excessive prescribing and administering of drugs, and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.

Dr Carol Jessop had a pain management and palliative care clinic in Oakland. Dr Jessop wrote nearly 5,000 prescriptions for controlled substances in a year period in 2014-2015. She wrote prescriptions for such large quantities of opioids and other dangerous drugs (in some instances more than 10 times the recommended daily maximum dose) that many major pharmacies began to refuse to fill prescriptions written by her. Dr Jessop used to hand out to patients a flyer listing the small pharmacies that would fill her prescriptions.

“The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is ever vigilant in our investigation and prosecution of health care providers who disregard the law. We as a community place deep trust in those who are trained and licensed to practice medicine, and Dr Jessop failed to abide by the basic standard of care and professionalism we expect of our health care providers,” said District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.

This case arose from a joint investigation between the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) into Dr Jessop's excessive prescribing practices. The Medical Board has already conducted an investigation into Dr Jessop for her prescribing practices and failure to maintain adequate records. Following that inquiry, Dr Jessop surrendered her medical license earlier in 2015.

When law enforcement served a search warrant on Dr. Jessop's office and car on March 3, 2015, they found two boxes of medication in her trunk. They were a variety of medications (including oxycodone, oxycontin, morphine and methadone), and some were in prescription bottles indicating Dr Jessop had prescribed them, while others were prescribed by other doctors for a variety of different patients.

Dr Jessop was arraigned today in Department 502 in Hayward, and pled not guilty. Her next appearance is scheduled for October 5, 2015.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015