East Bay Doctor Who Ran Opioid Pill Mill Convicted

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Tuesday, November 23, 2021

A doctor was convicted Friday of illegally issuing hundreds of opioids and other drug prescriptions at several locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley, including in a back room of a nail salon, federal prosecutors announced.

Edmund Kemprud, 78, of Dublin, was convicted of 14 counts of illegally prescribing hydrocodone, alprazolam and oxycodone — all highly addictive — to patients who did not medically require them, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert for the Eastern District of California announced.

Kemprud charged $79 per visit and churned out prescriptions so quickly he would see at least 30 patients in a day. He worked in several Bay Area and Central Valley locations, including in the back room of a nail salon and medical spa, where patients received nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, in the city of Tracy, federal prosecutors said.

Undercover officers testified that between Sept. 6, 2018, and March 13, 2019, Kemprud prescribed opioids on 14 occasions without determining the patients’ medical and prescription histories, without conducting a proper medical examination, without confirming the legitimacy of the patients’ complaints, and without assessing the risk of aberrant drug behavior, they said.

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